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Residential Solar Power: Cambridge, MA Launches New Program

The City of Cambridge, Ma announced the launch of a new residential solar power program on April 4th called "Sunny Cambridge". The new program will provide access to online tools and resources for residents to make educated choices about solar for their homes. Cambridge, MA is home to such powerhouse institutions as Harvard and MIT, along with the thriving research and high tech ecosystem surrounding these universities.

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Solar Power Leases, Ice Pops Coming to Five Northeastern States

Ah, nothing like a mid-summer promotion... lucky for us, this one is actually pretty cool.

Sungevity, a California-based company that bankrolls the option to lease solar panels for an increasing number of Americans, is coming to five northeastern states -- in an ice pop truck.

As part of the company's Rooftop Revolution campaign, Sungevity representatives will pile into a bio-diesel-powerd ice pop truck equipped with solar panels and tour New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Delaware. Destinations along the route include events like music festivals, county fairs, farmers markets and minor league baseball games.

Two other solar lease providers, SunRun and SolarCity, are already active in parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

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Boston Launches Residential Solar Energy Rebate Program

In recent years, Massachusetts has become a pretty good place to install a solar home energy system. The reason? A number of factors -- a statewide solar rebate program, a market for solar renewable energy credits, and relatively high conventional electricity prices -- combine to make a good financial proposition out of installing solar panels.

To help things along further, Boston last week launched a program to encourage residents to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

“Solar panels provide up to 90 percent of the annual electric usage and in days like today, with the longest period of daylight, the meter is running backwards, selling power back to the grid and to me that’s incredible,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The Boston Herald has more:

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Tufts Energy Conference to Feature Top Speakers, Cocktail Party

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, April 6 2011 under: Massachusetts Solar, Tufts Energy Conference, Boston, Solar Power Info

What follows may or may not be a shameless plug for my alma mater. Regardless, it's a great annual event that deserves a bit of press...

The Tufts Energy Conference, now in its sixth year, offers attendees the chance listen to (and mingle with) some of the foremost thinkers in energy-related fields.

Plus, this years there's a cocktail party (taking place Friday, April 15)... what more could you want?

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Massachusetts Launches New Rebate for Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water heaters should be flying off the shelves in Massachusetts next week, as the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will implement a new solar rebate program that will cut the cost of installing a solar hot water heater on a home in half.

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Big Solar Energy Plant To Be Built Atop Landfill in Western Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts is preparing for its next big solar energy plant. This after the Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) -- which serves over 200,000 commercial and residential electric utility customers in the Bay State -- yesterday announced its plan to build a 4.2-megawatt (MW) solar facility in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Sol Systems Expands Energy Credit Financing to Massachusetts Solar Buyers

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, January 13 2011 under: Massachusetts Solar, incentives, Commercial Solar, Solar Homes, SRECs, Sol Systems

This week brings good news for both homeowners and business owners in Massachusetts looking to install solar panels. Washington, D.C.-based Sol Systems announced a trio trio of finance options designed to make solar energy even more affordable throughout the state.

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Massachusetts Library to Host Solar Power Seminar

The Ipswich Library in Ipswich, MA will host a solar seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Homeowners near the Massachusetts coastal town of Ipswich in Essex County will have a great opportunity tomorrow to learn about the new solar initiatives that took effect in the state following the new year.

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State Governors Aim for More Solar Power in 2011 and Beyond

Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York: residents of these states can expect prime opportunities to go solar in 2011, as these five state's governors have made solar energy production and solar technology development a top priority for the new year and beyond.

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Milk Street Solar Energy Farm Set To Go Live In Massachusetts

Less than four months after proposing the construction of a solar farm to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation, Solarflair Energy and Westboro 21 South Street Inc. are jut about finished building the Milk Street solar farm -- a 240-kilowatt (KW) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installation in Westboro Massachusetts.

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