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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

How to Help Make the Future Bright for
Solar in Massachusetts

This Thursday evening, Mass Solar will share its ideas on how we can all help to sustain supportive policies for solar development in Massachusetts, in light of the newly convened Net Metering and Solar Task Force, which will be issuing policy recommendations in March.

Mass Solar is a recently formed non-profit alliance of Massachusetts solar businesses, solar owners, environmental advocates, community organizations and motivated citizens. Its members are dedicated to:

  • Supporting the vibrant growth of the Massachusetts solar economy,
  • Modernizing the energy industry to enable more distributed energy resources,
  • Maximizing the potential of solar as a solution to climate change, and
  • Ensuring that everyone has fair and equitable access to solar power.

Mass Solar seeks to maintain an active dialogue regarding solar policy choices and solar market trends, and to distill key findings into messaging for policy makers and the broader public. In January, Mass Solar will be launching a grassroots outreach campaign. Stay tuned for the launch of the web site and a Solar Stories campaign illustrating the many benefits of solar for constituents across the Commonwealth. We hope BASEA and its members will join with us!

Russ Aney will lead a discussion regarding the evolving MA solar policy landscape, highlighting ways that BASEA members can contribute to the discussion, advocate for supportive clean energy policies and influence the decisions of key policy makers. Some additional representatives from Mass Solar will join Russ to address questions and discuss how people can best engage with them.

Here are other ways to influence solar power policy:

  • Engage in the "Net Metering and Solar Task Force" Public Process and express support to continue strong, innovative policies that have led to clean energy job growth of 47% in Massachusetts over the last four years. There will be at least two official Public Comment opportunities, currently anticipated for January and February. but regular meetings are also open to the public. (Next meeting, Monday, December 15th from 9:30-12:30, 100 Cambridge St, Boston, MA, 2nd floor, conference rooms A&B.)
  • Lobby individual Task Force Members. The Attorney General's office provides a Member representing any ratepayer (electric bill recipient); other Task Force Members serve for stakeholders of various constituencies.
  • Let the Consultant know your opinions. On Dec. 5th, the search began for a Consultant to the Task Force, who is required to gather public feedback and incorporate it into their report - another way into the process.
  • As always, one's state Representative and Senator will listen.

What, then, to ask for?

  • To continue the great success of solar in Massachusetts, and keep our leadership position among other states who look to us for innovation.

Russell Aney is the Mass Solar leader for policy and market analysis. He is also the founder and CEO of Avid Solar LLC - a commercial and residential solar installer based in Holden, MA, and a Board Member of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE).
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