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UMass Clean Energy Extension

The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides a resource to reduce market barriers and accelerate the adoption of clean energy for Massachusetts cities and towns, businesses, institutions, farms, low income and multiunit housing, and others.

The transition to clean energy is critical for Massachusetts to meet its greenhouse gas reduction commitments and provides an opportunity to foster new economic development in the Commonwealth. 

The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides technical support and advice upon request, and proactively seeks opportunities to promote clean energy projects.   We work with businesses eager to enter or diversify into the clean energy markets.  We provide assistance in navigating through state programs that offer incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The UMass Clean Energy Extension supports and contributes to applied research activities across UMass departments and campuses that advance technical, economic, and policy solutions that support clean energy advancement in Massachusetts.

The UMass Clean Energy Extension joins the University’s historic mission as a Land Grant College to provide outreach and extension to the Commonwealth. No longer strictly limited to agriculture, the mission of UMass Extension extends to environmental well-being and human health as well.  Similar to the role of UMass Extension in agriculture, the UMass Clean Energy Extension will provide the legitimacy, impartiality, and local responsiveness to assist entities in evaluating and implementing clean energy opportunities, to help businesses offer clean energy technologies into the marketplace, and to support applied research to address technical and policy challenges facing clean energy.

CEE Co-hosting Webinar Series on Sustainability in Food & Beverage Businesses

UMass Clean Energy Extension is co-hosting a webinar series on sustainability in food and beverage businesses.  The interactive webinars will help businesses to increase their sustainability and reduce operating costs by improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, using safer cleaning and sanitizing products, and more.

CEE PI Ben Weil Speaks About Operating Buildings During COVID
Presentation Slide on Stack Effect

UMass Clean Energy Extension PI Ben Weil spoke recently on "Operating Buildings to Minimize COVID Transmission and Energy Use with Opportunities Post-Pandemic". Learn more here.

Developing a Pollinator-Friendly Certification Program for Solar PV
solar PV array with flowers

In their December newsletter, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists featured an article by UMass Clean Energy Extension's Zara Dowling, entitled Developing a Pollinator-Friendly Certification Program for Solar Photovoltaic Arrays in Massachusetts. The piece articulates the advantages of including habitat for pollinators in the design of photovoltaic facilities and discusses CEE's Pollinator-Friendly Solar Certification Program.

 

For full article, click here.

 

Photo: https://ccrenew.com/news/cypress-announces-plan-build-new-yorks-first-solar-farms-pollinator-friendly-habitats/

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