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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

What's Next for Solar in Massachusetts?

A major overhaul of Massachusetts policy for solar power was considered in the legislature this summer. Bill H.4185 did not pass. Instead, net metering caps were raised slightly to allow continued development of some public and private photovoltaic projects at risk, and a task force was created to study overall policy and engage public participation.

The task force will submit its report in March, 2015. The future of solar in Massachusetts is uncertain.

    Our October BASEA Forum introduces Nathan Phelps of Vote Solar, to present:

  1. the growth of solar power in Massachusetts from 2007 to present/li>
  2. an overview of Bill H.4185 and the last legislative session
  3. the future of solar power in Massachusetts (and how to help!)

If solar power in the Commonwealth is important to you, please join us this Thursday. Learn how you can help support renewable energy in Massachusetts.

Nathan Phelps is Program Manager of Distributed Generation Regulatory Policy at Vote Solar. Nathan's work focuses primarily on the regulation of distributed generation, including net metering and rate design, at state public utility commissions.

Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Since 2002, Vote Solar has engaged in state, local and federal advocacy campaigns to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.
In addition to his work at Vote Solar, Nathan has applied his expertise on renewable energy and distributed generation in assistance to the MA Climate Protection and Green Economy Advisory Committee, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Nathan was a Senior Economist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities with a primary focus on renewable energy and distributed generation. Before joining the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Nathan worked at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust in 2007. Nathan went to Willamette University for undergraduate studies in both environmental science and politics before attending Tufts University for graduate studies in environmental policy.
Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Climate Ride - NYC-DC 2014

Outside event Sunday June 22nd 2014

14th Annual Solar Picnic

11:00 to 3:00 (solar noon 12:46)

If you have a solar cooker come early to setup

Somerville Community Growing Center
22 Vinal Avenue
Somerville,MA 02143


One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations

Smart Building: High Performance Homes

Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer

AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter

Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule


Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Forum, the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, and the website.


Visit our Forum page, where you'll find our complete listing of past forum speakers, topics, and resources.

The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


BASEA Activities and Services

  • BASEA Forum - Renewable Energy Lecture Series
  • Junior Solar Sprint - Model solar car competition for middle school science students, organized and sponsored by BASEA in Eastern Massachusetts.


BASEA is looking for additional ways to help create a more sustainable energy future.

Please spend some time thinking about this question, and send your suggestions in to us.


Also, if you are interested in working with this group, please let us know. Send comments or questions to

  • NESEA Chapter - BASEA is the Boston area chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.
  • Referral Program - Write us for information on solar vendors, designers, architects, installers and service in your area.  We want to help you with practical ways you can use solar and other sustainable energy technology.


BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

Please remember that your donations support BASEA.


BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

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The International Solar Energy Association