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Category Archives: Solar Education

Solarize Me – How to Shop for Solar in a Solarize Program

September 14, 2017

Do you live in a town that’s Solarizing? State-sponsored Solarize community solar programs abound in Massachusetts, where current and upcoming programs include Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland, Newburyport and Winthrop; and Rhode Island, where Cranston and Charlestown are the latest towns to Solarize. (Yes, Solarize is a verb now, too.) We’re big fans of Solarize programs here at New…  Read the entire post »

Best Rated and Most Reviewed Solar Company in MA

September 13, 2017

I’m feeling pretty proud of our local company today. We just topped Solar Reviews’ list of Most Reviewed & Best Rated Residential Installers in Massachusetts. Rankings and ratings are very important when making purchasing decisions like which company you want to install your solar energy system. Also important should be the number of ratings an…  Read the entire post »

Crazy but True: Get Paid to Go Solar in Rhode Island

August 30, 2017

Rhode Island homeowners, you now have another way to pay for solar electric systems that does not require money down, but allows you to own the system and benefit from the financial incentives available in the Ocean State. The Mosaic solar loan offered by New England Clean Energy is the best deal yet for our…  Read the entire post »

How to Avoid National Grid’s New Rate Increase in Rhode Island

August 8, 2017

Rhode Island residential customers of National Grid are facing a $27 per month increase in electric bills starting October 1, under a proposed rate hike submitted by National Grid recently.* A Providence Journal article on this news stated bills would go up about $17 on average. But that’s based on monthly electricity use of 500…  Read the entire post »

Solar Does Not Hurt Utility Ratepayers

July 31, 2017

Last week, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript published a fabulous opinion piece written by a consumer from Peterborough, New Hampshire. Titled Local Power Generation, One Home at a Time, it’s a wide-ranging piece on solar – myths and realities. In particular, the author makes a compelling case that, despite what investor-owned utilities would have you believe, solar does…  Read the entire post »

Very Superstitious: Nate Solder Tells Super Bowl Story

July 27, 2017

If you’ve been following our Solder on Solar video series, you know it’s a bunch of short messages from New England Patriot Nate Solder about solar energy: why he had New England Clean Energy install a system on his home, what he looked for in a solar company, and why he thinks solar is important.…  Read the entire post »

Solar Systems Made Simple

July 26, 2017

Solar is simple compared to many technologies, but having a system installed does require learning about a few pieces of equipment. Let me de-mystify the components of a typical solar electric system.   If you liked this article, you might also enjoy: Back to Basics: Energy Explained Back to Basics: Energy Efficiency Explained Back to…  Read the entire post »

Two More Months, Two More Episodes

July 13, 2017

With the start of the NFL football season just shy of two months away, we’re rolling out two more episodes of our Solder on Solar video series. The solar market is saturated with installers, making it difficult to know which one to pick. In Episode 4 of Solder on Solar, Nate explains how he made…  Read the entire post »

Case Study: Selling Your Home With Solar

July 12, 2017

Selling a home is intimidating enough, but selling a home with solar? You might think having solar on your home would make the home sale process even more complicated. In fact, solar typically makes it easier, and faster, to sell your home. Home buyers show increasing interest in homes with green features. A study by the U.S.…  Read the entire post »

Rhode Island Gets Greener

June 29, 2017

Rhode Island is now one of only two states in the country that has streamlined and standardized its solar permitting process to the benefit of its citizens and the planet. Governor Gina Raimondo recently signed landmark legislation (S.0562) creating a common process for the application, review and awarding of building and electrical permits for solar.…  Read the entire post »