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    Western Massachusetts Solar Forum - a free, virtual community event

    May 15, 2023
    You are cordially invited to attend the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum, which will be held virtually in September and October 2023.  UMass Clean Energy Extension is currently working with members of the Western Massachusetts state delegation (State Senator Jo Comerford and State Representative Mindy Domb), as well as a planning committee of solar photovoltaic (PV) stakeholders and experts, to plan the Forum.   Please join us for a series of online public discussions and information-sharing sessions regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with solar PV development and installation in western Massachusetts.
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    Making Offshore Wind a More Accessible Career Option

    May 6, 2023
    To bring greater diversity to the workforce in the rapidly growing field of offshore wind, UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension (CEE) – with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – has established the Offshore Wind Career Access Scholarship. The program is designed to increase accessibility and diversity of CEE’s Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program. Read more in this Northeast Clean Energy Council article.
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    Accelerating the Future of Clean Energy

    September 1, 2022
    By the year 2050, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a national leader in climate policy, has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions to combat climate change and protect vulnerable communities. Learn more about CEE's work to achieve the Commonwealth's sustainability goals through assistance to municipalities, applied research, and workforce training.
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    CEE Receives Third Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Award

    July 21, 2022
    The Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) recently announced that a team led by UMass Extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected to receive $220,000 in grant funding to support the growth of the UMass Clean Energy Extension’s (CEE) Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program. Learn more here.
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    Municipal Energy Planning Workshop Series

    May 19, 2022
    With the support of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and the UMass Collins Center are presenting a series of virtual panelist presentations on energy efficiency topics on Wednesdays, May 25th – June 29th at Noon. Registration required.
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    CEE Receives Award to Increase Inclusion in Offshore Wind Energy Workforce

    August 6, 2021
    A team led by CEE director Dwayne Breger has received an award that will help expand access to the Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program for underrepresented and target populations. Read more here.
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    CEE Co-hosting Webinar Series on Sustainability in Food & Beverage Businesses

    April 23, 2021
    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.
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    CEE PI Ben Weil Speaks About Operating Buildings During COVID

    February 18, 2021
    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.
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    Developing a Pollinator-Friendly Certification Program for Solar PV

    December 20, 2020
    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:
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    UMass Amherst Study Will Assess Impact of Dual-use Solar-agriculture Installations in Massachusetts

    December 2, 2020
    CEE and collaborators study the impact of solar-agriculture co-location on agricultural productivity and farm viability AMHERST, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office announced recently that a team led by extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a three-year, $1.8 million award to study the effects of co-locating solar energy panels and agriculture operations at up to eight different farms across the Commonwealth. The work will be in partnership with landowners, state agencies, solar developers and a non-profit farmland organization. Link to full article here


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