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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 »

N.E. Clean Energy Installs its 5th System at Non-Profit Nature’s Classroom

March 1, 2017

This post has two parts: The feel-good main story, and a tough but true statement on how Massachusetts solar policy is stifling commercial solar development, which I’ve restricted to the inset box. On to the fun stuff. You’ve heard the saying “practice what you preach.” At Nature’s Classroom, they practice what they teach. If you’re…  Read the entire post »

N.E. Clean Energy Ranked #3 Most Reviewed Installer in U.S.

February 23, 2017

Independent website and solar resource Solar Reviews released a list of the Top 100 Solar Installers with the Most Customer Reviews last night. The big news in our neck of the woods? New England Clean Energy has more positive consumer reviews than any company in the Northeast, and all but two solar installers in the…  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 »

Different Types of Utility Meters for Solar

February 15, 2017

Depending on where you live and which solar incentive programs you participate in, your utility (or your solar company) probably installed a meter on the side of your house, after your panels went up but before you turned on your solar energy system. They may have added a second meter, or replaced the one you…  Read the entire post »

Mass Solar Loan Funds Almost Gone

February 7, 2017

So long, Mass Solar Loan. It was fun while it lasted. This state-sponsored program, which makes solar accessible to more Massachusetts homeowners, including those with low credit scores and low income levels, has been hugely successful. So successful, in fact, that more than 70% of the available funds* had been used as of January 19,…  Read the entire post »

It’s Settled: Solar Does Not Harm Non-Solar Owners

February 2, 2017

Solar is under fire from many utilities and many special interest groups linked — visibly or not-so-visibly — to utilities. The most effective bit of propaganda in their arsenal is the mistruth (can we say “lie”?) that electricity ratepayers without solar subsidize those ratepayers with solar. They often paint those without solar as poor and…  Read the entire post »

Solarize Medfield Community Program Ends at Tier 5 Savings

January 31, 2017

Today I turn the microphone (pen? mouse?) over to Solarize Medfield Solar Coach Marie Zack Nolan, for this statement about the success of the community solar program, which ended in late December, and for which New England Clean Energy was the installer: “I am thrilled to report that the Solarize Medfield community initiative reached Tier…  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 »

Here’s to a Sunny, Solar-Filled 2017

January 18, 2017

Let’s face it — the mood around the country is unsettled to say the least. But there is much to be optimistic about, like the fact that the U.S. government extended the 30% federal tax credit on solar energy systems through 2019. And no matter what’s going on around you, you can always count on…  Read the entire post »