Between 2007 and the end of 2010, Massachusetts launched the most aggressive energy efficiency program in the country: Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems (installed and scheduled for installation) in Massachusetts increased 20-fold. Jobs in solar manufacturing, installation, and services nearly tripled and installed wind energy increased 10-fold. This added an estimated savings of over $6 billion for residential, municipal, industrial and commercial customers and 4,500 jobs sustained or created.
This is not a vision of a possible future for Massachusetts. This is Massachusetts today.
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 requires the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to establish a statewide limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of between 10 percent and 25 percent below 1990 levels for 2020 — on the way toward an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 — along with a plan to achieve the 2020 target. Secretary Ian A. Bowles has set that 2020 limit at 25 percent — and this Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 contains the measures necessary to meet the limit.
Massachusetts has a long history as a renewable energy friendly state. The Solar Renewable Energy Credit market is stable in a way that is unique in the United States. There are also abundant federal, state and local incentives to encourage consumers to invest in renewable energy.
The Solar and Wind Expo is the place for alternative energy and green companies to meet with those who are passionate about reducing their carbon footprint and living in a more environmentally friendly way. Join us at the 2011 Solar & Wind Expo being held at the Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough, just 36 miles west of Boston, on November 4-6, 2011. The Solar and Wind Expo is the place to interact with renewable energy products and become educated on issues such as tax and other incentive programs.