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 https://www.energysage.com/sunnycambridge/ 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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The Greater Boston Heat Pump Program

Mass Energy is collaborating with local heat pump installers, running the Greater Boston Heat Pump Program. Heat pumps are a great way to efficiently heat and cool your home.  Installing energy efficient heat pumps can help the City of Cambridge win the $5 million dollar Georgetown University Energy Prize!

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Mass Energy has partnered with highly qualified installers like Fisher-Churchill Co. and Genove Oil & Air Co. to offer homeowners competitive price for the installation of high efficiency, air source heat pumps (ASHP). ASHP systems circulate air from the outside via a heat exchanger and compressor to either heat the house or cool it by transferring hot air to the outside or inside, as needed. The increased efficiency can reduce your energy bill and actually save you … [view entry]

GUEP Update: Science Festival and Lightbulb Bicycles!

tableOn April 20th, the City of Cambridge took part in the Cambridge Science Festival, a multi-day event within the city that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and math in Cambridge and New England, as well as their impact on the global community. The city of Cambridge was proud to work in conjunction with MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and the Cambridge Public Library to host the event. At the event, the city was able to inform citizens about two of its initiatives, the ongoing Georgetown Energy Prize Campaign and Sunny Cambridge, a new collaboration with Energysage that helps homeowners use online technology to find the most affordable rates for installing solar power.

While at our event outside of the Cambridge Public Library, we showcased our new energy efficiency … [view entry]

Welcome to Sunny Cambridge!



The City of Cambridge has launched Sunny Cambridge, an exciting new program to help residents of Cambridge learn about solar and receive online quotes from local installers through an easy-to-use online platform! Sunny Cambridge is focused on helping residents that have any kind of property, including single-family homes, condominiums, rental properties, and commercial properties. The program website is www.sunnycambridge.org and is offered in partnership with local solar marketplace provider, EnergySage.

For those curious about the benefits of solar, there are a number of great reasons to go solar in Cambridge today, including:

• Reduce or eliminate your electricity billlogo
• Increase the value of your property
• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Help create local green jobs
• Earn solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) from producing solar energy and … [view entry]

GUEP Campaign: Halfway Mark!!!

It has been incredibly quick, but the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) is now at the halfway mark, leaving just one year left for the City of Cambridge government and residents to reduce its total energy use through the Win It Campaign. In the past year, we have accomplished many projects and initiatives designed to help us win the GUEP!

Block Captains: The City of Cambridge organized 3 community leaders and 11 volunteers to help citizens sign up for free home energy assessments to reduce total home energy use. Block Captains will continue to work throughout the year to inform citizens on reducing their energy bills for free. As the Block Captains will be an ongoing campaign, you can sign up to be part of this amazing initiative here[view entry]

Starting the 2016 Block Captains Initiative


winitIt is 2016, and we are now entering the final year of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a country wide competition to get cities in America to reduce wasted energy. In order to be the city that reduces its energy use the most, Cambridge is encouraging residents to sign up for no-cost home energy assessments through its Block Captains Initiative. As you know, the Block Captain is a friendly face that works with people in their social networks to help them sign up. These networks can include family, friends, neighborhoods, co-workers, classrooms, and schools.

During the assessment, a professional home energy advisor evaluates the health, safety, and performance of heating and cooling systems in your home and provides no-cost instant savings measures such as LED light bulbs, water saving [view entry]

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]

Seeking Block Captains!

The City of Cambridge is seeking out motivated individuals to join our team of Block Captains to catapult the City into first place as the largest energy saver in the country. Cambridge is a semi-finalist in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize and we need help from you to get over the goal line. If you are interested in helping your neighbors and your City save energy through Mass Save no-cost energy assessments, please fill out this brief interest questionnaire. The Energy Efficiency Block Captains will be responsible for implementing an organized effort to enable energy saving assessments at the neighborhood level. Responsibilities include:

  • Sign neighbors up for no-cost MassSave energy assessments
  • Track participation and follow up with neighbors to help complete assessments and track resulting energy-saving actions
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Georgetown Prize Phone Bank October 19th

It’s getting cooler outside, but Cambridge’s competition in the Georgetown University Energy Prize is heating up! The schools are back in session and they’re In It to Win It—on September 30th over 500 CRLS students participated in the Alliance for Climate Education assembly to learn about why climate change is important to them and how they can take action to reduce energy use and emissions in Cambridge. And the Education First Glocal Challenge has over 150 students signed up for teams to find solutions to wasted energy in Cambridge.

Adults can get involved, too— We need your help at Cambridge City Hall Annex on October 19th! Join Cambridge Energy Alliance and other climate groups across Cambridge in a collaborative phone call party that will target folks who have already expressed interest but … [view entry]

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