Why Solar Carports Now Have More Financial Upside in Massachusetts Than Before

For years, savvy businesses in Massachusetts have been transforming their parking areas into assets that reduc...

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Solar Plus Rooftops: A Match Made in heaven

Generous federal and state incentives, technological advancements, soaring electricity costs, and ambitious su...

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Tax credits for nonprofits to go solar???

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act”) has generated a lot of buzz - and rightly so. ...

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The Top 3 Reasons You Should Consider Solar for Commercial Real Estate

As we slowly emerge into a (hopefully) post-pandemic world, many commercial property owners are looking for cr...

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Is Your Organization Prepared for Peak Demand?

It’s that time again – that time of year when both temperatures and electric bill charges are on the rise. Las...

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High Performance: The New Building Standard

Between the passing of the new Massachusetts Climate Bill and the Biden Administration’s focus on transitionin...

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What Does Gov. Baker’s Climate Legislation Mean for Solar in Massachusetts?

Governor Charlie Baker recently signed S-9, An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climat...

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AOBCs: What They Are and How they Benefit you

By now, you are likely aware of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, initially launched i...

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Commercial Solar Benefits with Massachusetts SMART

Why Now is the Perfect Time to Go Solar in Massachusetts

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Super-Charge Your Energy Savings With Solar+Storage

Solar energy is a powerful way to reduce electricity overhead expenses for cities, towns and schools. Solar en...

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How Schools Are Lowering Operating Expenses with Solar

For school administrators, budget directors and school board members, the annual budgeting cycle is high-press...

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Why Business Owners Should Care About Utility Demand Charges

A version of this article first appeared in the New England Real Estate Journal on December 6, 2019.

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How Cities & Towns Are Lowering Operating Expenses with Solar

For City and Town managers, treasurers and finance committees, the annual budgeting cycle is high-pressure to ...

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A “SAFE HARBOR” SOLAR GIFT FROM THE IRS

A version of this article first appeared in the New England Real Estate Journal on November 1, 2019.

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Back to School: Three Lessons on Solar Energy

As teachers put the finishing touches on their classrooms, parents quickly stock up on school supplies, and ki...

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Solar Powered Manufacturing Recap

The manufacturing industry has faced its fair share of challenges in the United States. As the global economy ...

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Q&A with Steve Bianchi: Importance of Proactive Maintenance of Solar Energy Systems

Starting this summer, Massachusetts is altering its solar incentive policies with changes that will  better su...

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State Energy Policy for Storage Requires Interim Step to Achieve Long-Term Vision

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Celebrating Harvard’s New, Ultra-efficient Building - HouseZero

We wanted to extend our congratulations to Harvard’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) - a part of ...

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Statement from Solect Energy Regarding Solar Energy Systems and Severe Storm Impacts

In light of the recent severe storms that have affected the entire Northeast, Solect Energy, a leading provide...

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The New Massachusetts Solar Incentive Program is a “SMART” Investment for Real Estate Owners

Starting July 1, 2018, Massachusetts will be switching to a new incentive program for solar energy systems. Th...

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Solect Energy Sees Acceleration in Solar Adoption by Massachusetts Municipalities, Schools and Nonprofits

Solect and PowerOptions Save Customers More than $20 Million

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[NEREJ Feature] Shifting Energy Landscape Represents an Opportunity for Commercial Real Estate and Growing Cannabis Industry

Changes could make it easier, more flexible for commercial real estate owners to provide benefits to growers.

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Municipalities and Solar

In today’s budget climate, cities and towns across the Common Wealth/New England are highly motivated to explo...

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[NEREJ Feature] The End of Year is a Good Time to Take a Look at Your Energy Strategy

We all know the drill. As the year comes to a close, we begin thinking about new plans for the coming year. We...

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Solar Houses of Worship: Success Stories

Houses of Worship, much like other non-profit entities, are in a unique situation when it comes to deploying s...

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Insights: ITC Should Focus on Economic Benefits of Solar Panel Tariff Case

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: An Interview with Solect Energy's Founder and CEO Ken Driscoll

Ken Driscoll, Founder CEO Solect Energy

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Solar Powered Manufacturing

With a long and proud history in Massachusetts, manufacturing in the state is alive and well. The Commonwealth...

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Do you need to hire a Nobel Prize winner to understand your energy bill?

The Nobel prize for economics was awarded this week to Richard Thaler for his work on behavioral economics.  A...

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Solar and Schools: Beyond Energy

The calculus of solar has caught the attention of school administrators, facilities managers and school boards...

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From SRECs to SMART -- Massachusetts is Overhauling its Solar Incentive Program

However, there is still time to qualify for SRECS

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Guest Blog: JLS MAILING SOARS WITH 100% SOLAR POWER

At Solect we are proud of the role we can play in empowering small business to take control of their energy ex...

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[NEREJ Feature] Solar & Cannabis in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts and across the country, the medicinal and recreational cannabis industry is growing rapidly, ...

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We Are Solect Energy

At Solect Energy, we view the challenge of energy as an opportunity for your business.

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Guest Blog: Capacity Charges Drive Up the Cost of Electricity for Customers Across New England

Controlling Peak Usage Through Variety of Measures Can Help Mitigate the Impact By Liam Sullivan, Vice Preside...

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How Energy Storage Can Lower Hidden Costs

Any business that consumes a lot of energy knows that the cost of energy depends not just on how much you use ...

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[NEREJ Feature] What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard and Why Does it Matter?

It’s no secret that renewable energy in New England has gone mainstream. Just drive down the highway and you w...

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Solar Insights: Malden Catholic High School

We expect solar from Solect will help to stabilize future energy costs through the 20-year rate agreement for ...

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Guest Blog: IMPACT Melanoma & Sunscreen Awareness

As the leading commercial-scale solar developer and installer in Massachusetts, Solect employs hundreds of ins...

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Top 4 Reasons to Secure Operation and Maintenance Services

In order to ensure your solar energy system is operating correctly and efficiently, it is important to provide...

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Solar Schools: Success Stories

We've written before about how solar and schools are a perfect fit for each other, and today we wanted to show...

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DOER Announces SREC Factors and Timeline for Final SREC-II Extension

Last Wednesday the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the SREC factors and timeline for the final...

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Solar Insights: McNiff Co.

"We’ve had a number of commercial tenants interested in purchasing solar energy over the years.  After getting...

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5 Most Innovative Solar Installations in the World

Major advancements in solar technology have been made across the globe and show no signs of slowing down as th...

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DOER Announces New Massachusetts Solar Incentive Program

Since the inception of the Solar Carve Out Program in 2010, solar energy has flourished in Massachusetts. This...

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January Energy News Recap

In today’s fleeting 24-hour news cycle it’s easy for an article or report to slip through the cracks. So, Sole...

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Energy Storage Solutions in Massachusetts

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) determined it will set a specific structure ...

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Energy Optimization Resolutions for 2017

New year, new you – this can also apply to your business as we dive into 2017 with new goals and resolutions. ...

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Solar Energy Outlook for 2017

A new year promises new advances in solar technology and policy. We have made numerous strides in the solar in...

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Solect Energy: 2016 A Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we are looking back on all of our milestones over the course of the year. Although t...

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Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School and Solect Energy Announce Installation of Solar Canopy

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (UCT), a public vocational-technical high school in Bourne, MA, ...

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Giving the Gift of Solar Energy

It’s the holiday season, which means many Americans are busy gift shopping for their friends and family. At So...

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Solar Insights: Q&A with Jerry Velona from Elite Envelope

Photo Credit: Jonas Kahn

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Solar Incentives in Connecticut

Solect Energy is proud to announce that we are expanding into the southernmost state in New England: Connectic...

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Six Reasons we're Thankful for Solar

Solar power is taking on a more prominent share of the nation’s energy portfolio every day, and for good reaso...

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Showing Our Thanks by Giving Back

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reflecting on the importance of giving back to the community. We have a lot...

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Solar Insights: Q&A with Solar Customer Larry Spencer from Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts

“The savings we generate from the solar project will help us to fund additional services for people with disab...

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Solar and Storage: The Perfect Marriage

Energy storage solutions have been gaining ground over the last decade, and we’re finally seeing technologies ...

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Don't Let Yourself be Spooked by Solar Myths

As we’re getting into the Halloween spirit here at Solect, we wanted to share some frightening misconceptions ...

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Community Rowing Inc. and Solect Celebrate Solar Array with PowerOptions at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We're happy to share the news of our successful ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Communi...

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Solar Trends of 2016

Solar power is continuing to mature at an impressive rate across the United States. We are beginning to see so...

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Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC-II) Program Still in Play

In light of Massachusetts’ recent proposed new solar incentive program, we wanted to take a step back to revie...

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DOER Releases Next Generation Solar Incentive Program Proposal

On Friday, September 23rd, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) met to announce the proposa...

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Why Schools Should Go Solar

As the summertime approaches its end, schools are back in session and the academic year is in full swing. This...

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[NEREJ Feature] Energy Optimization: Analyzing and Improving Your Business’ Energy Use

As we become a more connected, data driven society, our energy consumption has risen to new heights due to our...

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Maximizing the Lifespan of Solar Panels

What are we up against?

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Solar Insight: Q&A With Solar Customer Bill Weber Jr. from Gaston Electrical

"Our 676-panel installation represents a significant investment for the company. Importantly, it comes at a ti...

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DOER Extends Solar Construction Deadlines in SREC-II Emergency Regulation

The solar PV market in Massachusetts is experiencing uncertainty, yet again, as it anxiously awaits the state ...

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[NEREJ Feature] Reducing Energy Demand: Making Changes and Procuring Benefits for Commercial Buildings

For businesses trying to reduce energy costs, switching to solar is often the best immediate response. However...

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Why MA is Among the Most Solar Friendly States in the U.S.

After several years of state incentives and private sector investment, Massachusetts has emerged as one of the...

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The History of Solar Energy: Let's Geek Out

Solar energy has gained substantial traction in the United States, with installations in every state growing e...

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Solar Energy: An Ideal Tenant

What are some key qualities of an ideal tenant? One who is reliable with payment, low maintenance, quiet, and ...

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Reducing Peak Demand with Solar Energy

The summer has officially started and already New England has seen a few periods of incredibly hot weather. 20...

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Gaining Energy Independence with Solar

As the explosions of fireworks ring in our ears and the taste of burgers is fresh in our mouths, we continue o...

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Solar Insight: A Q&A With Solar Customer James Clark

“Our project to “go solar” had a beginning, but it really hasn’t had an end. It only served to give us the lau...

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A Deep Dive on C-PACE Solar Financing

As solar energy experiences significant growth worldwide, new financing options continue to develop – some gai...

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What to Look for in a Solar Provider

Solar is everywhere these days. And with the increased demand for solar installations, a person or business lo...

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Understanding Preventative Solar Maintenance

You get your car inspected every year and oil changed frequently. You go to the dentist regularly. You winteri...

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How Optimizing your Solar Array Maximizes SREC Return

Solar arrays are an excellent way for a company to impact the environment while reducing operating costs and c...

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What is an SREC?

If you spend enough time in the solar field, you start to hear a lot of acronyms thrown around; PPA, ACA, NEM,...

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Net Metering 101: Revisited

The following blog was originally published in November 2015. It has been updated for clarity and to reflect r...

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Solect Customer Braun’s Express Wins 2016 EPA Environmental Merit Award

Half of the newly installed solar panels on the rear portion of roof on the warehouse of the Braun’s Express t...

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month | Respect the Power of the Sun

As a commercial solar company, Solect realizes just how powerful the sun can be. That is why each May we recog...

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A Watchful Eye on your ROI | The Importance of Solar Monitoring

A solar installation is a big investment. When you’ve made the decision to own a system outright you want to e...

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Solar by State | Understanding Rhode Island Incentives

While solar continues to grow on a national (and global) scale, solar policies in the US are largely determine...

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New Solar Legislation Allows Massachusetts Solar Industry To Get Back To Work

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BREAKING: SREC-II EXTENDED UNDER EMERGENCY REGULATION FROM THE DOER.

The Massachusetts solar industry received the following announcement Friday afternoon that the SREC-II incenti...

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Net Metering Conference Committee Announces a Compromise Solar Bill

Late Tuesday night, five months of negotiations came to a close as the Massachusetts Net Metering Conference C...

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Optimize your Solar Investment: Solar Operations & Maintenance

If you have invested in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for your property, you’re familiar with all the great...

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No Excuses: Your Solar Objections Answered

We are all familiar with excuses. “I slept terribly last night- I’ll skip the gym today;” “I’ll be more produc...

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58 Massachusetts Business Owners Show Solar Support in Open Letter

In light of the inaction seen thus far in the debate over solar policy on Beacon Hill, we share with you this ...

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How do Solar Panels Work? The Science of Solar Explained.

We all know that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels transform sunlight into useable electricity, but few people kn...

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The Top 10 Reasons to Go Solar

It’s no secret: solar energy benefits businesses, organizations, and property owners in huge ways. Businesses ...

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Is Solar Right for Your Business?

Every week on this blog, we discuss the many benefits of solar energy; trust us, we could write about them for...

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Three Solar Financing Solutions to Revolutionize your Small Business

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Solar for Small Business

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Solar Policy In Massachusetts Just Took Another Big Hit.

The Sun has Set on the SREC-II Program Last Friday, Feb 5th DOER announced that the SREC-II program has been f...

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Solar Insights: A Q&A with Solar Customer Ned O'Neill

"The estimate Solect prepared for my projects has been very accurate- we are producing 75% of our electricity ...

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Solar and Snow: Understanding the Basics

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Green Grow the Jobs: Solar Job Growth in the US

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Turning Roof into Revenue: Understanding a Solar Site Lease

As you probably know, in today’s electricity market there are many ways to take advantage of solar energy. Tra...

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Taking the First Step: Understanding the Solar Timeline

In the solar industry, we often hear about the benefits of solar for building and property owners. But as we e...

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Get your Business in Shape for 2016: A Solar New Year Resolution

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Extending the ITC: A Historic Decision for Solar

As you may have heard, the solar industry achieved a critical milestone last week. On Friday, December 18th, C...

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Solar Power to the People: Understanding Community Solar

Community solar projects have been consistently popping up throughout the U.S. and by now, most of us have hea...

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How to Read your Electric Bill: Part II

Last week, we posted about how to read your electric bill and explained in detail the different itemized costs...

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How to Read your Electric Bill: Part I

If you are a business owner, homeowner, or even an apartment renter, you have the joy of receiving a monthly e...

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The Power of Solar Giving

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Curbing Energy Rate Hikes

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Not for profit? Not a Problem.

The idea that solar power is limited to those who have the capital to buy the system outright is no longer a r...

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Net Metering 101

Do you ever wonder how people can use solar power without having solar panels on their roof or property? It’s ...

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The Golden Age of Solar

By now you’ve probably heard about why going solar in Massachusetts is a smart financial decision. Solar is ev...

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Melanoma Awareness Month: Respect the Power of the Sun

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Community Solar Emerging as a New Way to Benefit from Renewable Energy

The concept of community farming has been around for a while, but it’s the concept of community solar that’s r...

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Solect Heads to Haiti with Be Like Brit

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Proposed C-PACE Legislation Offers New financing Options for Solar Energy Projects

Jim Dumas, Principal - Solect Energy

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Business Beyond Profit: Focusing on the Triple Bottom Line

Recently, Solect decided to take a step back and reevaluate the company brand to make sure it appropriately re...

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Commercial Property Owners Poised to Benefit from Latest SREC-II Solar Energy Incentive Program

Solar in Massachusetts just got stronger! On April 25th, the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) official...

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