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Mass. Making Strides in Clean Energy Expansion

Dec 13, 2012
Source: 
(Worcester Telegram)

Through rebates, investment and public outreach, the state has made great strides in expanding its clean energy resources, especially making strong strides in the area of solar and wind power, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. 

Alicia Barton McDevitt, executive director and CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, met with a small group of local municipal and business leaders at the 495/MetroWest Partnership’s Energy and Sustainable Development Committee meeting yesterdaymorning. 

Six year ago, Ms. Barton McDevitt said, the state had 6 megawatts of clean energy. Today, there are 176 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power the equivalent of 27,837 homes; and 90.5 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power the equivalent of 28,628 homes. 

“This is a pretty dramatic change in such a short period of time,” Ms. Barton McDevitt said. “For a relatively small state, we are very competitive.”