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Solar for Horse Lovers

July 10, 2018

“Haaayyyy” horse lovers: We’ve put solar on so many New England horse barns that Holistic Horse magazine made us their “mane” source for a recent article on how equestrian facilities can benefit from solar energy, whether you have a sophisticated breeding farm or a small private barn. We enjoyed our talk with award-winning equestrian journalist…  Read the entire post »

SMART Solar Samples

June 27, 2018

The Massachusetts SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program is inching closer to reality, and we are quoting systems assuming the home or business owner will be in SMART as opposed to the previous program called SRECs. The “base compensation rates” have been set and the results are actually very encouraging. In some cases, particularly for…  Read the entire post »

Steer Massachusetts in the Right Clean Energy Direction

June 20, 2018

I rarely use The Energy Miser to encourage outreach by solar supporters to government leaders. There are plenty of solar advocacy blogs (Mass Solar, Vote Solar, SEBANE, etc.) doing that job very effectively. But Massachusetts is at a crossroads as I write. The solar progress of the previous administration is being trampled on by current…  Read the entire post »

The Benefits of Installing Solar on Metal Roofs

June 18, 2018

Guest post by Mike Gonet, Senior Partner at Classic Metal Roofs. New England Clean Energy and Classic Metal Roofs have collaborated on many successful metal roof/solar projects.   If you are considering having a solar electric system added to your roof, why install it on a roof that won’t last as long as the solar…  Read the entire post »

Low-Pressure Solar Sales

June 5, 2018

If you’re a video viewer, watch this 45-second explanation of our approach to sales. For more detail, read on. If high-pressure salespeople make you want to explode, or crawl and hide, try us. New England Clean Energy’s low-pressure sales approach is the #3 reason* customers choose us to install their solar. I was our first…  Read the entire post »

Solar Customer Satisfaction

May 29, 2018

I am lucky to sell a product that makes people feel good. Not many business-owners can say that 96% of their customers are happy with their purchase. New England Clean Energy can. And 74% of them “couldn’t be happier” – that’s some serious satisfaction! What are you waiting for? Join the ranks of our thrilled…  Read the entire post »

Listen to Your Elders for Sage Advice on Solar

May 15, 2018

When I fondly call some of our customers “old timers” I’m not talking about their ages. I’m talking about how long they’ve been proud solar owners, saving on their electric bills and helping the planet. In the past few months, we received these comments from people who went solar three to 10 years ago. If…  Read the entire post »

How to “Test Drive” Your Solar Energy

May 1, 2018

One reason solar is the new energy standard is that it pays for itself, unlike virtually any other big purchase. However, it’s still a big-ticket item, and we consumers like to see our big-ticket purchases before we sign on the dotted line. If it’s a car, you go to the dealer, look at various models,…  Read the entire post »

Proof: Solar Reduces Utility Costs, and Benefits All

April 25, 2018

For ages, I and many other solar advocates have been saying solar benefits all, not just those who own it, by reducing utility costs which should translate into lower rates for utility customers. Now, hard proof is emerging that these benefits are materializing as solar becomes established as the new energy standard. How does solar…  Read the entire post »

Proud to be Rated #2 for Solar Satisfaction

April 12, 2018

Big news: New England Clean Energy is now #2 in the entire country for the number of consumer reviews on, the largest consumer-generated solar reviews website in the U.S. That’s out of more than 3,000 solar companies represented on the site. Not bad for a small local company! We remain #1 in New England–actually…  Read the entire post »