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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.

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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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