Massachusetts residents turn their attention to solar energy

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

Residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts, will soon convene in Adams Corner to discuss the best ways to improve solar installations on homes and small businesses in their attempt to make the Boston suburb a greener place.

According to the Dorchester Reporter, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have joined forces to create the Solarize Mass-Boston initiative, which will be the point of discussion for residents at the Adams Corner meeting. Throughout the summer, the group has been working to educate Dorchester energy consumers about the benefits of solar energy.

The group says 100 residents and small businesses have already agreed to go solar, including Tobias Johnson, whose house in Jamaica Plain has been powered by solar for more than half a year now.

"I moved about two years ago and I recognized at that time that the sun at the new house where I moved was simply unprecedented and all-day sun," Johnson said. "I knew it was a great solar opportunity, but in addition. . . the fact that it’s a new property and the roof was new."

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental and Energy Affairs, the Commonwealth has set a goal to achieve 250 megawatts of solar power installations by 2017.

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