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    UMass Clean Energy Extension Plays Part in First SMART-Approved Dual-Use Solar Project

    October 21, 2020
    UMass Clean Energy Extension is pleased to support the state's SMART solar incentive program. In collaboration with UMass Agricultural Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Department of Energy Resources, CEE provides technical resources and critical review of farm plans for dual-use systems seeking to qualify for an adder through the SMART program. The first of these dual-use agricultural photovoltaic (PV) system has become operational in Monson. Read more about the Million Little Sunbeams project – and learn here about CEE’s dual-use-related resources, research, and outreach. (Photo from article at
  • woman standing in front of wind turbine

    Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program

    August 4, 2020
    The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Clean Energy Extension are excited to announce the launch of a new professional certificate in offshore wind in the fall of 2020. The certificate is tailored to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry. The online program covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this dynamic industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. The certificate can be completed in one year and the first course begins on August 24. See the program page for more information.
  • Solar Array, Sunderland, MA

    Grant to UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension Will Bring Solar Planning to Western Massachusetts Towns

    April 24, 2020
    A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension recently was awarded a 15-month grant to lead development of community-focused solar siting and financing procedures in three rural western Massachusetts communities - Blandford, Wendell and Westhampton.
  • Clean Energy Corps member Devon Lukas presents Pioneer Valley GHG Inventory

    September 26, 2019
    Clean Energy Corps member Devon Lukas presented preliminary results of her updated greenhouse gas inventory for Hampshire and Hampden counties to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) Climate Action/ Clean Energy working group. 
  • Massachusetts Ranked #1 for Energy Efficiency

    October 1, 2019
    Massachusetts once again showed leadership on clean energy, earning the #1 rank in energy efficiency for the ninth consecutive year according to the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  • State politicians visit UMass dual-use agriculture and solar research site

    October 21, 2019
    Local legislators visited the dual-use agriculture and solar PV research site at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield.  State Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, State Rep. Natalie M. Blais, D-Sunderland, and State Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, met with UMass Extension staff and representatives from Hyperion Systems LLC to discuss the compatibility of solar photovoltaics and farm production. The site is home to 106 solar panels producing 16.8 kilowatts of renewable energy as part of a photovoltaic dual-use research project aimed at growing crops and generating electricity.  
  • CEE staff lead Eureka! program on renewable energy

    July 17, 2019
    CEE led a two-day program to teach local middle-schoolers about renewable energy, as part of the Eureka! Girls, Inc. program.  The young scholars learned about how energy is transformed into usable forms, constructed solar ovens, cooked s'mores, and visited two local renewable energy facilities - the Holyoke hydroelectric facility and the biodigestor at Barstows' Longview Farm.
  • Clean Energy Extension to provide MassEnergyInsight support services

    July 1, 2019
    Starting this July, UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE) will begin providing user facilitation and support services for MassEnergyInsight (MEI), the free online energy benchmarking and tracking tool used by public entities across the state. 
  • Clean Energy Corps Completes GHG Inventory & Clean Energy Plan for Mt. Ida campus

    July 13, 2019
    In summer 2019, six Clean Energy Corps students from UMass Amherst traveled to Newton to complete a greenhouse gas inventory and clean energy plan for the new Mt. Ida campus, using skills and techniques acquired in a spring 2019 course led by Clean Energy Extension faculty and staff.
  • Cover of Report on Battery Energy Storage

    Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation

    July 9, 2019
    A new report from UMass Amherst’s Clean Energy Extension, released on July 5, 2019, sees significant potential to accelerate Massachusetts’s emerging energy and battery energy storage (BES) innovation ecosystem.


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