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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

BASEA Forum on the Save Cape Wind campaign and a review of "Stand Up for Solar" Lobby Day on Beacon Hill

Better Future Project is coordinating a campaign to save Cape Wind. They saw an opening between a utility president's stated support for renewable energy, and her company's backing out of a contract to buy power from the future offshore wind farm. It quickly became clear when their petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures that there is significant public sentiment to get moving on the transition to renewable energy. Cape Wind — a 468-MW wind farm with 130 turbines proposed for Nantucket Sound — is a vital first step.

But we are way behind. According to Wikipedia "there are no offshore wind farms in the United States". Europe is way ahead, with the European Wind Energy Association reporting 2,488 turbines in 74 wind farms, representing 8 Megawatts capacity; 12 more sites are under construction and will boost their wind power capacity by 37%.

Significant infrastructure has been put in place in anticipation of a new, clean energy industry in our region:

  • the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, under development and designed to include construction, assembly and deployment of offshore wind facilities
  • the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, to test turbine blades and grow domestic expertise in the wind power industry

These first-in-the-nation facilities are more indicators that we are ready to get going with wind energy, which is the largest potential clean energy source for Massachusetts.

The campaign to save Cape Wind is pushing for utilities to step up and accept a leadership role in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Come to the Boston Area Solar Energy Association's April 9th Forum to discuss this with Craig Altemose, from Better Future Project.

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Boston Area Solar Energy Association members and many others took our case to Beacon Hill for Stand Up for Solar on April 7th! More than 120 people turned out to the State House to urge their legislators to raise the net metering cap and establish a long-term vision and policy framework for solar in Massachusetts. We met or did visits with 39 senators' offices and 99 representatives' offices. Come hear what we heard and share your stories; it was a good beginning for the work ahead.


Join us on April 9th for our Forum on Cape Wind, featuring Craig Altemose, Executive Director of Better Future Project. Craig is an experienced, award-winning social justice activist. Craig has served on the governing bodies of a number of different statewide and national non-profits, written and led a successful effort to pass the nation's most ambitious call for climate action by a state legislature, and co-founded and led Students for a Just and Stable Future, a network of students dedicating to promoting climate stability. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Global Affairs from Eckerd College.

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.

Your donations and membership support BASEA.


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