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MassCEC Opens Additional Commonwealth Organics to Energy Solicitations

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Dear Stakeholder,

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program has opened two additional solicitations:

  • Feasibility Study grants – open to private or public entities; applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 5, 2016
  • Technical Services/Technical Study Grants – open to public entities only; applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 18, 2016

The program continues to accept applications for Implementation and Pilot (construction) Project grants on a rolling basis until March 22, 2016.

Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy supports the use of anaerobic digestion and other technologies that convert source-separated organic wastes into electricity, thermal energy, or compressed gas for vehicle fuel.

More information about these opportunities for private entities may be found here.

More information about these opportunities for public entities may be found here.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with MassCEC staff prior to preparing applications. Contact information is provided in the solicitations.

Thank you for your interest in Clean Energy in Massachusetts!

Best regards,
The Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy team

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Presentation Added: Tenth Annual Construction & Demolition Summit

Posted January 28, 2016 by

The available presentations from the EBC Tenth Annual Construction & Demolition Materials Management Summit, completed on January 28, 2016, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.

Final Agenda – Tenth Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Management Regional Summit

1-28-16 Tenth Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Management Regional Summit

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Laboratory Sciences Summer Externship Request

Posted January 25, 2016 by

Does your business offer summer internships in laboratory science?  Are you interested in providing a real-world experience for the next generation of lab technicians?  Would you like to be part of an exciting, statewide initiative to promote STEM careers?  Northern Essex Community College located in Haverhill and Lawrence, MA is looking for laboratory science internship opportunities for the summer of 2016.  NECC has an excellent Applied Sciences Associate Degree program with three concentrations:  Biotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences.  The summer Externship in Laboratory Sciences is the capstone course for students graduating in the Laboratory Science program.  Internships can be full-time or part-time.  If you have an internship opportunity or would like additional information, please contact Mary Ann Gaschnig, Job Developer/Employer Liaison, Guided Pathways to Success in STEM, NECC, at mgaschnig@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1213.

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BlueWave to provide New Bedford affordable housing properties with over $500,000 in electricity savings from a Community Solar project in Fairhaven, MA.

Posted January 25, 2016 by

January 25, 2016, BOSTON, MA – BlueWave and WinnDevelopment’s Open Market ESCO have executed an agreement that will provide $500k in energy savings to Winn’s low-income residential communities in the Greater New Bedford area. The savings will come from net metering credits generated at BlueWave’s 1.1. MW ground-mount Community Solar project in Fairhaven, MA.

“WinnCompanies has long been committed to improving the energy efficiency of affordable housing communities and this contract provides us with an excellent opportunity to take our sustainability efforts a step further,” said Darien Crimmin, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability at WinnDevelopment. “We appreciate BlueWave’s work with Open Market ESCO because it provides tangible evidence of how multifamily properties can benefit from clean solar power.”

Under this contract, properties managed by WinnResidential will purchase net metering credits for 680,000 kWh’s annually (or 514 kWDC). This will cover a significant portion of the customer’s electricity usage and is estimated to save the properties over five-hundred thousand dollars over the 20-year life of the contract.
“WinnDevelopment’s commitment to providing affordable housing for families across the country is unwavering, and no affordable housing provider in the country has a greater commitment to sustainability. For both these reasons, we are proud to have them as a customer,” said BlueWave’s Managing Director, Aidan Foley.

The Fairhaven project is one of BlueWave’s Community Solar projects that will start generating savings for customers by March 2016. With the WinnCompanies managed properties contracted for 49% of the system’s output, the remaining net metering credits will be offered to residents in Eversource’s service area in Southeastern Massachusetts – enough energy to power 150 homes.

WinnCompanies launched Open Market ESCO in 2013 to finance innovative energy efficiency and solar retrofits for low-income housing. The program was established in part with a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Energy Innovation Fund.

With over 100MW of pipeline secured in Massachusetts and over 20 agreements signed    with Housing Authorities, cities and towns, and educational institutions across the Commonwealth, BlueWave is delivering meaningful electricity savings, economic investment, and environmental benefits to communities throughout the Commonwealth.

About BlueWave

BlueWave is a solar energy company founded on a mission to protect our planet by expanding access to solar for everyone, everywhere. We are driven to transform the energy status quo—enabling communities to take control of their energy production, and consumers to choose clean, low cost power. Founded in Massachusetts, with operations around the globe, BlueWave remains committed to our founding principles: preserving the environment; honesty and transparency in everything we do; and respecting and supporting our employees, partners, and customers.

Learn more about BlueWave’s Consumer Products & Platform: www.bluewaverenewables.com
Learn about BlueWave’s Solar Project Development work: www.bluewave-capital.com

Contact:
Jennifer Matchett
jmatchett@bluewave-capital.com

About WinnCompanies

WinnCompanies is an award-inning national property development and management company dedicated to the highest standards of excellence. WinnCompanies acquires, develops and manages multifamily, affordable, senior, mixed-income, market rate and commercial properties through its three divisions: WinnDevelopment, WinnResidential and WinnMilitary. Founded by Arthur Winn in 1971 and now operating in 23 states, it is the fifth largest multi-family housing manager and largest manager of affordable and military housing in the United States.

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“e” inc.’s February Vacation Week Camp for Kids!

Posted January 20, 2016 by

How do rainforest trees get so tall? How slowly does a sloth move? Are there people living in the Amazon Rainforest? At “e” inc.’s Winter in the Rainforest Camp, kids will take on the role of “Rainforest Explorer” to answer these questions and more, all the while discovering what makes rainforests such special and unique ecosystems. With hands-on explorations, science experiments, art extravaganzas and seeing live specimens, there is something for everyone at the “e” inc. rainforest! The program is open to youth ages 6-12 and runs daily from 9:00am-4:00pm. Optional early drop off and extended day available. For more information and registration forms, please visit http://www.einc-action.org/febcamp.html or email sarah.chang@einc-action.org.

We are also looking for Volunteers to assist with the Camp. If you are interested in volunteering please email sarah.chang@einc-action.org.

When: Feb 16th-19th; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Early Drop-off Option 8:30am; Extended Day option 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Ages: 6-12 years old

Cost: $300

Early Drop Off Cost: $5/day

Extended Day Cost: $10/day

Participants must bring their own bag lunch; “e” inc. will provide healthy snacks

Location:

“e” inc. Discovery & Action Center

114 16th Street

Room 1030

Charlestown Navy Yard

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“e” inc. – the environment science learning and action center is a community-based non-profit whose mission is to create scientifically confident environmental citizens committed to understanding and protecting the Earth. “e” inc. brings its in-depth science investigation programs to low-income communities throughout Greater Boston and has succeeded in capturing the interest of children who face academic, social, and economic challenges.  Our programs engage young people in hands-on science and, as their understanding grows, helps them build skills to make a difference.  It is this particular coupling of academics with community involvement that helps our children make not just academic gains but social growth, as well.

e inc february vacation camp logo

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