Category Archives: Energy Education

“On The Level” About Solar

April 27, 2017

I recently went into the WCRN-AM 830 studio to be a guest on “On The Level With Steve Quist,” a popular home improvement show. It was a lot of fun, as always (I’ve been on several times), and hopefully it was informative for those learning about solar. Here is the interview, broken into three 7-10…  Read the entire post »

Alternative Electricity Suppliers Explained

March 24, 2017

Most people interested in solar are also interested in lowering their electric bills. Changing your “supplier” can sometimes help do this, but you need to be informed. This Boston Globe article gives you the scoop — things to watch out for, and resources to help you get started if you want to switch to a…  Read the entire post »

How to Calculate Your Monthly Electricity Use

March 13, 2017

If you’re a solar owner, figuring out how much electricity you actually used in a given month is not as easy as it used to be. When all your power came from the utility, a handy graph or chart on the side of your bill probably showed how much electricity you used each of the…  Read the entire post »

1,000 by ’20 in Rhode Island — Here Comes the Clean Energy Economy

March 3, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a goal of increasing the state’s clean energy capacity by 10 times by the end of 2020. That’s a very impressive and ambitious goal, and we commend her for the commitment to the environment and to the economic growth that comes with a flourishing renewable energy industry. The Governor’s…  Read the entire post »

How Ductless Mini-Splits Beat Oil Heat, Even in a New England Winter

February 20, 2017

We get asked often about the performance of ductless mini-splits for heating in winter. Specifically, we are asked about their efficiency and how they compare to the more traditional forms of New England heating systems. With traditional heating sources like natural gas and oil, we burn a fossil fuel and capture the heat from combustion.…  Read the entire post »

How to Pre-Buy 25 Years of Electricity at 40% Off

January 20, 2017

I bet if you could pre-buy your car’s gasoline or your home’s heating oil at a 40% discount for the next 25 years, using a low-cost loan if needed, you would jump. So why haven’t you jumped at the chance to make your own solar electricity at a 40% discount for the next 25 years?…  Read the entire post »

400 PPM. So what.

December 14, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention to non-election news, you may have heard that recently scientists measured carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere above 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. So what? When I started New England Clean Energy, I was also presenting for Al Gore. Gore had organized the…  Read the entire post »

Bottled Water and Garbage Patches

October 26, 2016

The New York Times has a great new quiz to help you gauge the impact of drinking bottled water. It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s important, so I encourage you to take it.     The quiz got me thinking about “garbage patches” or “gyres” — something I haven’t done in a while. I decided…  Read the entire post »

Alternatives to Solar

October 20, 2016

My headline for this blog post might have you scratching your head. Why would the president of a solar company talk about alternatives to going solar?  But since the day I started New England Clean Energy, my focus has been on helping the environment so my kids and their kids have a planet left to call…  Read the entire post »

WPI Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Takes Solar Tour

October 17, 2016

New England Clean Energy’s Solar Engineer Kevin Gebo, and Alpha Rho President David Tall, recently led a tour of Alpha Rho in Fitchburg, Mass., for students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The students are members of the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB). The group toured the rooftop and indoor components of Alpha…  Read the entire post »