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Large corporate on-site solar comes to Massachusetts

October 12th, 2018

Combine unused land conveniently facing south, a global company with strong sustainability goals, and a world-class solar developer.  Result is one of the largest corporate-sponsored on-site solar projects in Massachusetts.   Read this article about a 1.7MW solar project at Bose’s headquarters.   Kudos to Bose and Sunpower!

Still more hard dollars and cents evidence of the value of distributed solar.

October 1st, 2018

Distributed solar installations are saving real money in New England.  This UtilityDive article highlights a Synapse Energy Economics study on the savings in just seven days in a July heatwave this summer.   More solar, more savings!

Needed ASAP: More storage, more EV, more demand-shifting

August 24th, 2018

Read this well-written article by James Temple, the senior editor for energy at MIT’s Technology Review magazine on the impact of mandating ever more renewable power capacity.  California has more solar electricity than it can use.  Absent changes, the state won’t make its climate goals.  Among his recommendations: much more storage, demand-shifting, and better use of EVs (perhaps in lieu… Read more »

Compromise Agreement for Massachusetts Solar+Storage Market

July 31st, 2018

Nice to see when a compromise can be worked out.   Massachusetts’ plans to grow its solar and storage market for both residential and commercial users was in danger due to utility concerns on dispatch.   A working group of clean energy developers, state officials, and the utilities now has worked out a compromise.   If accepted by the MA Department of Public… Read more »

PowerOptions, SunPower Offer Cutting-Edge Solar-Plus-Storage Program Bringing Savings and Opportunity to Nonprofits, Public Entities

June 1st, 2018

PowerOptions, a Birch Tree Capital client, has announced an expansion of its successful solar program with a partnership with SunPower.   Together, PowerOptions and SunPower will provide solar power and battery storage solutions to nonprofit and government institutions in New England.    Click here for more information.  Birch Tree Capital was pleased to assist PowerOptions in the vetting of potential solar program… Read more »