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The History and Determination of the Harvard Solar Garden

by George Harvey

In 2010, a new law in Massachusetts enabled community Solarize campaigns. For the first time, there was a policy framework to encourage community efforts to decrease dependency on fossil fuels. Many people could move ahead with long-cherished dreams to have their own power from their own solar systems at their […]

Federal Tax Credit Set to Expire

By GET staff

The federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will expire at the end of next year. We must emphasize strongly one thing about this. The fact that there are about sixteen months left before it expires does not mean that there is any time to delay on getting an installation. Anyone who wants […]

Brattleboro Solar Summer Campaign Going Strong

The Brattleboro Solar Summer campaign is generating lots of interest among Brattleboro residents. The goal of the campaign is to support Brattleboro homeowners, renters, landlords, and businesses in choosing locally generated renewable electricity. The price of solar PV panels is at an all-time low, and new limited-time incentives make solar affordable for all, including the […]

Windpower – Don’t be Fooled

A New Wind Farm in Swanton, Vermont

By George Harvey

Some debate has been developing over a wind farm in the town of Swanton, Vermont. Whenever I consider of such a debate, I think of an old Lily Tomlin skit in which she plays Edith Ann, a bratty five-year-old, who forcefully asserts that […]

A Few Notes on Greenfield, MA

Clair Chang and John Ward of the Solar Store of Greenfield. Photo courtesy of Clair Chang.

By Green Energy Times Staff

Over the years, Greenfield has been a leading community in energy, efficiency, and sustainability. Five from recent history might be taken as representative.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), which had originally been […]

Sustainability Programs at Greenfield Community College

Court Square, Greenfield, MA

By George Harvey

Greenfield Community College (GCC) has a set of sustainability programs. A Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency option prepares students to work in energy and efficiency industries, and leads to an Associate of Arts degree (AA) or to a certificate. An Environmental Science/Natural Resources option can start a student off […]

Net Zero Award for Home in Greenfield, MA

This home in Greenfield won the NESEA 2015 Zero Net Energy Building Award. Photo courtesy of NESEA.

By George Harvey

The home of Hannah Smeltz and Spartan Giordano of Greenfield won the North East Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) 2015 Zero Net Energy Building Award. One thing interesting about the project is that it was […]

Co-op Power

By George Harvey

Co-op Power is a grassroots member-owned co-operative focused on sustainable energy. By combining purchasing power of its members, it provides efficiencies of scale to make renewable power and products available inexpensively. It has a commitment to having a responsible presence in the community, based on economic and racial equality and a concern […]

Northeast Biodiesel Will Soon be Operational

Northeast Biodiesel in Greenfield, MA. Photo courtesy of Co-op Power.

By George Harvey

At long last, Co-op Power has raised the money needed to open the Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

They started working on the idea over ten years ago, and have worked hard through many changes of fortune to bring operations […]

Greenfield is Green

Community Aggregation

Court Square, Greenfield, MA

By George Harvey

Massachusetts started a ball rolling when it passed the nation’s first Community Choice Aggregation Bill in 1997. This gave market groups and communities the ability to combine purchasing to get better rates for their residents. Under the system, a community can get all its power […]