Taking a solar project from a bright idea to a functioning structure doesn’t happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t happen alone. Many stakeholders—all experts in their respective fields—come together to bring a solar project to life.
Cuttyhunk Island—a mile and a half stretch of land at the outermost band of Massachusetts’ Elizabethan Islands—is home to a single school, many bed & breakfasts, and little more than 50 permanent residents. The population can swell into the hundreds in the summer as tourists and travelers flock to this quaint little New England island for fishing and relaxation.
Everything that comes to the island, from food to fuel, must be transported via boat or barge. For barges, that’s a three hour drive from the mainland.
Being so far away from mainland Massachusetts, it made sense for Cuttyhunk Island to have an inexhaustible source of energy in the form of solar PV. Read the rest of this entry »
They’re a Thanksgiving favorite for many and a despised addition for others: the cranberry. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, cranberries are a common tradition of the modern-day holiday feast.
The northeast, Massachusetts in particular, is a heartland for cranberry bogs—over 14,000 acres of them. Even if you can’t partake in one of the popular cranberry bog driving tours, these Massachusetts cranberries may grace your table this year thanks to cranberry-product giant Ocean Spray.
But did you know your Thanksgiving cranberries might have gotten a little extra boost from a solar PV system?
Some may think that solar farms are a hindrance to agriculture by taking up usable land. But the town of Carver, Massachusetts is proving that going solar doesn’t have to mean giving up growing. Read the rest of this entry »
In an important move toward clean energy, the Oregon state legislature recently passed a bill called the “Clean Energy and Coal Transition Plan” that will wean the state off coal completely by 2030. This huge step shows that the U.S. takes its carbon reduction commitment seriously and paves the way for more states to follow suit with clean energy plans of their own. Read the rest of this entry »