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Category Archives: Solar Education & Tips

SMART 101: Getting SMART About Solar

November 1, 2018

SMART Highlights  The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which pays homeowners and businesses in Massachusetts to generate solar energy, is finally here with the official start date of November 26, 2018. If you haven’t yet gone solar the time to sign up is now. And the SMART program is aptly named. The three best…  Read the entire post »

NE Clean Energy Named “Best of the Best” for Solar

October 2, 2018

Well, this was an unexpected honor. New England Clean Energy has been named Best of the Best for solar by eight-time Emmy award winning investigative journalist Rich Noonan. As Noonan says in his news story, he did not tell anyone here at Clean Energy that he was researching our company. We knew nothing about this…  Read the entire post »

How to Get the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit

September 26, 2018

Taxes may be a dry topic, but if you want to save money with solar, this is a very important post. Please read on. I’ll start at the beginning. Jump ahead if you don’t need answers to the first few questions. And see the glossary of tax terms at the bottom of this post if…  Read the entire post »

Why Bigger Isn’t Better

September 17, 2018

Every year, trade magazine Solar Power World compiles a list of the top solar contractors in the country. New England Clean Energy ranks very high nationally for a small, regional player. And we’re #14 in Massachusetts based on megawatts installed in 2017, among all solar installers including huge developers. But truth be told, that’s not what I care…  Read the entire post »

How Not to Write a Solar Proposal

August 21, 2018

I do not believe in bad-mouthing other solar companies. I do believe in helping homeowners make good choices. (Sorry to sound like the mother in Freaky Friday for fans of the film). That means talking to you about some of the bad practices we see in the industry. Earlier this summer, our solar consultant Todd…  Read the entire post »

Going Nuclear or Going Solar?

August 13, 2018

The MassSolar website has an intriguing analysis on its blog today about the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, where new units are under construction. A higher than anticipated cost for the project has just been announced, pushing the total price to $18.4 billion. Our friends at MassSolar ask: “How much electricity could you generate…  Read the entire post »

How Solar Pays for Itself

August 7, 2018

Skeptics scoff when told that solar electric systems pay for themselves. I understand the skepticism because very few purchases in life truly pay you back. But most people do get the concept of a purchase that saves money, like LED light bulbs or a more efficient water heater. Solar is like that, but better. You…  Read the entire post »

Solar’s Role in July’s Heat Wave

July 30, 2018

If the extremely hot July we’re having has you cursing the sun, think again. Because solar energy systems in New England, powered of course by the sun, are having a real, measurable and positive impact on electricity prices and the planet in this oppressive heat wave. The evidence of this will turn you from a…  Read the entire post »

Interpreting Solar Access, TOF and TSRF

July 24, 2018

Enough sun reaches the Earth to power the entire planet, as you may have heard. But can your home or business produce enough solar to meet your electricity needs? It depends on your roof size, and its TSRF. My what? you ask. Let me back up. The “solar-friendliness” of your roof depends on factors including…  Read the entire post »

Hey Fossil-Fuel Industry, Where’s Your Proof?

July 16, 2018

I admit I get a little up in arms when fossil-fuel industry lobbyists and utilities disguised as non-profit organizations spout unsubstantiated, anti-solar propaganda that confuses and misleads people. So when an Opinion piece called Hey solar industry, why the subsidy? appeared in New Hampshire Business Review, I felt compelled to respond. I appreciate that the magazine’s…  Read the entire post »