Snow, Sleet, and Hail, Oh My! Why Solar Still Works in Colder Climates

If there’s one aspect of life in the Northeast that everyone here has experienced, it’s the crazy weather—blistering winters, rainy springs and autumns, and weather that continues to surprise you no matter how long you’ve lived here. Solar Is A Valuable Addition to Energy Systems–Even in Cold Climates So if you’re considering solar energy for…

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Solstice Helps Organizations Spread Solar in Their Community

An energy system that is renewable and fair for everyone will put communities first–and you can help. The Bridgewater Parish Church had always been dedicated to serving its community and protecting the environment. The organization’s leadership recognized the rising threat of climate change and the injustices introduced by environmental pollution, and wanted to find a…

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Community Solar and the Local, Sharing Economy

It can feel like a contradiction: In an era of cheap air travel and video conferences, communities from around the world are taking up the call to ‘go local’. As the harmful effects of globalization have become increasingly apparent, resistance has taken many forms. People trade their cars for ride sharing apps and public transit,…

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power My home?

Whether you’re looking into rooftop solar energy or a local community solar garden, it’s useful to have a rule of thumb to help you figure out how many solar panels you need to cover your energy usage. Using these simple facts, you can also get a handle on some larger questions about solar energy, like…

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The Real Deal on Solar Subsidies

It’s time to address the elephant in the room: government subsidies for solar energy. It’s a common belief that solar energy isn’t viable without them. Some even argue that the government shouldn’t incentivize solar at all. When compared to fossil fuels, they say, the numbers don’t add up, and funding solar projects is a waste…

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Here’s How Community Solar Farms Can Be Developed to Protect Their Local Environment

Solar energy provides many benefits compared to fossil fuel generation, perhaps most notably the ability to address large-scale environmental problems like pollution and climate change. But like many of you, we’re also concerned with our solar farms’ local impacts. If a solar farm is developed without considering effects to its local environment, it can harm…

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Everything You Need to Know About Massachusetts’ New Solar Regulations

Despite its northern latitude, Massachusetts has long been one of the leading states in solar energy. Now, a new set of regulations will define the state’s solar market over the next several years. For those too busy to dive into dense regulatory documents, here’s a summary of the new guidelines. The Road to SMART Regulations…

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Solstice Makes it Easy to Sign Up for Community Solar

Solstice was founded on the knowledge that nearly four out of every five Americans can’t get access to rooftop solar, and the belief that community solar―a central solar installation to which nearby residents can subscribe, in exchange for renewable energy and electric bill savings― can bring affordable renewable energy to each of those households. This…

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Solstice: Statement on the Events in Charlottesville

We wrote this post on Aug 17, 2017, in light of the tragic events in Charlottesville. It has been a tragic and disturbing week in America. Events in Charlottesville and in Washington have given a national platform to ideologies of violence and hatred. The same racism that threatens people of color daily claimed another life,…

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