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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”


Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Solar: Spring Ahead or Fall Back?

Current Solar Legislation and the Net Metering and Solar Task Force

Spring is nearly here, but is Massachusetts poised to turn the clock back on solar?

Haskell Werlin has been following and participating in the Net Metering and Solar Task Force, including helping to file legislation (SD1616/HD2297) and to craft MassSolar's brief about the benefits of solar.

Emily Rochon has been sifting through more than 100 energy-related bills submitted in January for the current Massachusetts legislative session, finding the handful that address net metering, and also contributing to the efforts of to promote solar, such as the Vote Solar petition to Governor Baker.

But reports from the public meetings of the Task Force tell of no-show consultants spewing various faulty policy scenarios while the strong public sentiment for expanding solar and net metering rights seems to fall on deaf ears. Some organized input from the solar community, however, has made it to the Task Force's web page, see ** February 20th Letter to NMS Task Force.

Emily and Haskell are as up-to-date as anyone on what is happening on the solar scene. They both urge our participation: MassSolar is planning a day of support for solar in April.

Haskell Werlin is the Business Development Director at Solar Design Associates, a renewable energy engineering and architecture firm founded by Steven Strong in 1974, which has produced an amazing portfolio of pioneering solar PV firsts. Previously, Haskell worked with Solar Power Partners, the Mass Executive Office of Energy Resources, and installed hundreds of passive solar residential additions, among other achievements since interning with the Department of Energy under President Carter. He is a founding member of MassSolar, a solar policy and advocacy group (

Haskell WerlinEmily Rochon is the Director of Energy and Environmental Policy for Boston Community Capital (BCC), a community development financial institution established in 1985. BCC is also a third party solar developer that owns and operates 4 megawatts of solar generating capacity across 30 Massachusetts projects, 80% of which are located in urban areas and serve low income residents and organizations in those communities. In 2014, BCC was recognized by President Obama as a Solar Champion of Change.

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.


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  • 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.

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BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

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The International Solar Energy Association