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2015 Jr Solar Sprint Race Cancelled


Forum: Thursday, June 11th

Picnic!: Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Maximum Solar June!

Forum: New MIT Study — "The Future of Solar Energy"!

Bonus Forum: "Defining Solar's Value"!

Picnic: in honor of the summer solstice!

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Rally and legislative hearing: show your support for solar in Massachusetts!

* The month of June shows the strength of the sun and we announce major forums and some solstice fun! *



Thursday, June 11th is BASEA's monthly Forum. We are pleased to introduce Dr. Francis O'Sullivan, presenting MIT's new study "The Future of Solar Energy", released just this month. Following other "Future of..." studies, this MIT Energy Initiative analysis aimed to "assess solar energy's current and potential competitive position and to identify changes in US government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support its massive deployment over the long-term, which we view as necessary".

What innovations and insights does this work reveal? How does it inform the current discussion around solar policy in Massachusetts? Dive into the details at our June Forum!

In the afternoon before our Forum, SEBANE and NESENC host the highly topical "Defining Solar's Value: A Stakeholders' Forum". Karl Rabago and Richard Perez will discuss the maturing concepts for determining the complete value of solar, which are taking hold in policy-making circles. There has been a blossoming of studies in states like Maine, California and Connecticut; the April 2015 report from the Solar and Net Metering Task Force points to the need for taking account of the value of solar for our Commonwealth.

Find details and sign up here:

Saturday, June 20th brings the annual Solar Picnic at the beautiful grounds of the Community Growing Center, in Somerville. Solar cooking, photovoltaic demonstrations, refreshments and the good company of your fellow solar enthusiasts are on the menu. The Summer solstice shines the next day, so we will celebrate in anticipation on the last day of Spring, with high hopes for clear skies.

Once again, we join with Somerville Climate Action and the Growing Center to welcome you to a lovely afternoon in Somerville.

Before all of the above, this Tuesday, June 2nd, there will be important legislative hearings regarding net metering, community shared solar, energy storage and other hot solar topics as current bills are considered at the heels of the Task Force's work. Mass Solar and Vote Solar urge you to come and rally at noon to show the legislators that there is strong support for solar in Massachusetts.

Dr. Francis O'Sullivan is Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, and a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O'Sullivan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked extensively in the areas of economic, investment and risk analysis, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors.

Dr. O'Sullivan received his Ph.D., E.E., and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. degree from the National University of Ireland, all in electrical engineering.


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.

Outside event Saturday June 20th 2015

15th 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

Climate Ride - NYC-DC 2014


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