Massachusetts: Crushing it in Clean Tech

Blog the 13th: Massachusetts and clean-tech

As a leader in education, innovation, science (and sports), it’s no surprise that Massachusetts is ahead in clean energy advancements. President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan notes over 2,700 renewable energy projects in Massachusetts since 2009, generating enough energy to power more than 150,000 homes throughout the state. In other words, Massachusetts will accomplish its goal of generating 15 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

HB understands the importance of clean energy innovation and we’re proud to call Massachusetts our home. We believe our home state deserves a virtual round of applause for the strides it’s making as a leader in solar, wind and geothermal energy. In honor of our “Blog the 13th Series,” here are 13 ways Massachusetts leads the clean energy wave.

Big things happening in the Bay State

1. Massachusetts was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation as a leader in clean technology industries. That’s behind a state with nearly six times the Massachusetts population. Look out California, we’re coming for you!

2. According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) 2012 Clean Energy Report, the Commonwealth now has approximately 71,523 clean energy employees: researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders. Hats off to all of these folks bringing Massachusetts into the future of energy!

3. Greenovate Boston, a city-wide movement led by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, encourages all Bostonians to collectively reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The organization shows how simple it is to reduce an individual carbon footprint. For example, if every person in Boston made a small lifestyle change like using cold water when doing laundry, the city would collectively reduce carbon pollution in the air by up to 240 million pounds over the next ten years.

Get Your Shine On, Massachusetts  

4. We’re knocking solar power innovation out of the park…literally. Did you know that America’s most beloved baseball stadium, the one we’re lucky enough to have in our own back yard, not only produces some of the (sometimes) best baseball we’ve seen in years but solar energy, too? It’s true; Fenway Park is the only stadium in the United States heating its water with solar energy. We love that dirty water…just not in our stadiums!

5. According to MassCEC, as of July 2013 Massachusetts reached a statewide total of 281 megawatts of solar electricity — enough to power 42,106 houses. That’s like taking 29,116 cars off the road. Imagine how much easier it would be to drive through Boston with less congestion!

6. Just last month, Boston was fortunate to be one of only three locations in the United States to host the world’s largest solar-powered boat at Fan Pier. PlanetSolar, the only boat to circumnavigate the globe on solar power, spent its time in the city as an ambassador of solar energy. Through various events with swissnex Boston, the PlanetSolar team presented the boat’s practical application and the enormous potential of solar power.

7. In 2007, Massachusetts implemented a state mandate to install 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017. Under Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership, the state has achieved this goal four years early. Since 2007, the state has steadily increased its solar power capacity including a large jump from 2011 to 2012 with an increase from 42.5 megawatts to 135.8 megawatts of power.

Take that, Windy City

8. Cape Cod, one of Massachusetts’ many treasures, has become known for more than its beautiful beaches and ground-breaking research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Cape Wind, America’s largest offshore wind farm, is a project in development by Energy Management Inc., a Massachusetts-based energy company. The project will be located in the center of Nantucket Sound with 130 wind turbines. Cape Wind is expected to produce an average of 174 megawatts of wind power — almost 75% of the electricity needed to power Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2013.

9. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has developed a number of wind energy projects throughout the Greater Boston area. It recently installed a 1.5 megawatt turbine at its Charlestown facility and two 600 kilowatt turbines at Deer Island. The energy generated by these wind turbines will save MWRA rate payers $600,000 a year in energy costs.

10. Boston is home to the nation’s first wind blade testing center. MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) offers the latest blade testing and prototype development to propel Massachusetts as the leader in developing next-generation offshore wind turbine technologies.

Solar heat beneath your feet

11. Geothermal power, a process which generates electricity from solar energy stored within the earth, is utilized throughout Boston. According to Greenovate Boston, Boston University and Boston Architectural College use geothermal power for its buildings and say the investment will pay off in energy savings within 7-10 years.

Funding for the Future

12. According to the President’s Climate Action Plan, “the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget continues the President’s commitment to keeping the United States at the forefront of clean energy research, development, and deployment by increasing funding for clean energy technology across all agencies by 30 percent, to approximately $7.9 billion.” Massachusetts has set an aggressive goal for 80 percent of its electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2050. Based on our performance to date, it will be much earlier. We may even see another Red Sox World Series win before that!

The Opportunities are Endless

13. Not only is Massachusetts paving the way with clean energy generation, we also have several companies with products that recover and save energy. Take for instance Airxchange, an industry leader in energy recovery ventilation with its patented wheel technology that reduces energy requirements for conditioning outdoor air by 70 percent. Or, when thinking of installing your next large-scale lighting system, consider Digital Lumens. With its patented technologies, Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting Systems save between 75-90 percent of lighting energy that traditional light sources require.

Are you in Massachusetts? What innovations have you noticed in the clean tech world? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below or via Twitter @hb_agency.

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