Archive for the ‘Alternative Energy’ Category

8/16: Come to Solar 102: Going Solar for Multi-Unit Owners, Condo-Owners, and Landlords!

 Solar 102: Going Solar for Multi-Unit Owners, Condo Owners and Landlords

 Tuesday, August 16

 Lesley University, 1815 Mass Ave, University Hall, Rm 2-078 (Second Floor),  Cambridge

Doors open at 6 pm, event starts at 6:30 pm

Interested in going solar in Cambridge but worried that your property is too complicated? Not sure where to begin, how to finance it, or how to make sure you’re getting the best deal? Join the Sunny Cambridge & Solarize Somerville teams for Solar 102: Going Solar for Multi-Unit Owners, Condo-Owners, and Landlords.

  • Learn how solar is a great fit for condos and landlord-owned properties
  • Discuss your questions with the Multi-Family Solar Advisor
  • Hear about your neighbors’experience going solar with Sunny Cambridge

Visit for info on the Cambridge program.

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6/14: Come to our Sunny Cambridge event to learn about how you can go solar!


Sunny Cambridge will be hosting a free information session at the Central Square branch of the Cambridge Public Library (45 Pearl St) from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 14!

Come learn more about…

*The Sunny Cambridge program and how you can participate

*How solar can work for you based on your property type

*How much you can reduce your carbon footprint and save money by going solar

*The Mass Solar Loan program: how to get a $0-down, low interest rate loan to help finance your solar project. Now with expanded eligibility!


We hope to see you there!

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Working With Schools for the GUEP Prize

In the course of competing for the Georgetown Energy Prize, the Cambridge Energy Alliance has made sure that outreach and cooperation with locals schools is a priority for our energy reduction strategy. Some people may ask, “Why schools?”

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The reason schools are so important is that they are the single largest source of municipal energy use in Cambridge. In fact, on a country-wide basis, the EPA estimates that 25% of energy use in schools is wasted. Of the energy, most come from sources similar to many homeowners: mainly lighting and cooling.


By implementing energy efficiency measures, many K-12 schools have been able to reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent in existing facilities. The Energy Alliance is very aware of this and has made informing schools and working … [view entry]

Japan and Cambridge Target Renewable Energy

During the summer of 2014 several high school students interned at the Cambridge Energy Alliance helping with canvassing and outreach across Cambridge. The interns also wrote a few blogs on topics they were interested in related to energy efficiency and solar power. The following is one of their blogs.  


Renewable energy and energy efficiency may be a common topic in Cambridge, but there is still much we can learn from around the world.

In Japan, energy efficiency policies have been administered under the Energy Conservation Law since 1979, which forces manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of their products. However, energy efficiency and renewable energy has become more essential in Japan today.

After the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which took place in Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011, Japan reconsidered its energy … [view entry]

Solar Panels in Cold Climates

During the summer of 2014 several high school students interned at the Cambridge Energy Alliance helping with canvassing and outreach across Cambridge. The interns also wrote a few blogs on topics they were interested in related to energy efficiency and solar power. The following is one of their blogs.  


Think about this: as of now, Germany is the world leader in solar energy. It uses more solar power than any other country in the world. Now think about this: Germany is equal to Alaska in solar resources. If Germany is a good place for solar paneling, then Cambridge must be too! But can cold climate places really sustain solar paneling?

What most people don’t know is that solar panels run off of light, not heat. Many panels have the ability … [view entry]

Bikes, Data, & A Master Plan: 3 Cambridge Announcements

There is some great stuff happening in Cambridge that you should know about! Here are three announcements from the Cambridge Community Development Department:

 1. Cambridge Conversations: Kicking off the Master Planning Process

What’s special about Cambridge? What could be better? We’re launching our citywide master planning process by collecting feedback on these questions and more. If you work or live in Cambridge, make yourself heard by adding your throughts to our brand new Co-Urbanize site:

Head to the forum page to contribute your ideas and see what others have been saying. The site will keep you updated on the whole master planning process. It has only just begun.

2. City Open Data Site Live!

See all kinds of interesting information about our fair city, from street tree identification to crime reports … [view entry]

Solar Co-ops: Another Way to Go Solar

On Earth Day, the Rocky Mountain Insitute  reminded us of an effective tool for solar development: the solar co-operative. Like any co-operative, solar co-ops pool the resources of many in order to increase purchasing power, increase access to benefits, and create other efficiencies. Businesses and/or individual consumers band together to collectively purchase solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and share knowledge about best practices. Here are a few kinds of solar co-operatives that are relevant to Cambridge residents.

Community Solar

One type of co-operative concept called community solar can help bring solar to those who typically wouldn’t have access to it, such as renters or any households without enough rooftop sun exposure. Community solar allows customers to buy into an off-site system and receive credits on their utility bills. Customers can purchase as … [view entry]

The City of Cambridge Pledges to Compete for $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize

Across the country, the demand for energy is rising rapidly.  Yet, despite known negative implications for our environment, we still allow more than half of the total energy produced in the U.S. to go wasted due to inefficiencies. [1]

The City of Cambridge wants to help change this, and as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and climate change action, we have pledged our intent to compete in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The Prize kicked off at a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2014. At the event—which officially opened the competition’s Application Phase— The City of Cambridge was announced as one of more than 50 communities who have signed letters of intent to compete for the Prize. Meghan Shaw, the Community Outreach … [view entry]

Energy Efficiency Job Opportunity: Part-time Executive Director

Are you looking for a job promoting energy efficiency locally? HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) is an award-winning nonprofit that fights climate change through teaching hands-on practical skills in energy efficiency while performing “energy upgrades” in the buildings of nonprofits. HEET also implements other energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs in the greater Boston area. HEET is hiring an Executive Director to raise funds, manage staff, report directly to the Board of Directors.

Check out the full job announcement:… [view entry]

Cambridge Unveils Solar Map

In collaboration with MIT and Modern Development Studio, the City of Cambridge has put together an incredible online tool that will help spur solar development throughout the city.

In this “solar map,” to be launched on October 3rd, Cambridge has been overlaid with a layer of highly specific solar data. Any resident or business owner interested in installing solar on their roof can use the map to access information about their property’s potential without having to scour the Internet. You can click and drag your mouse, browse and choose rooftops at random. Alternatively you can search for a specific address and view information on the solar potential of the building’s rooftop, as well as financial, environmental, and installation details. Color-coding gives you an idea of the varying ability to catch … [view entry]