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The state of solar: In the first of four forums at UMass, experts explore the role solar will play in state meeting its climate plan goals
09-14-2023 10:44 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — Massachusetts has 15 to 18 times the amount of solar potential it needs to support decarbonization...

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Municipal aggregation OK’d for Belchertown
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

BELCHERTOWN — State utility regulators have given a green light to municipal aggregation in Belchertown, allowing residents and businesses to act as a bulk buyer of electricity supply.Aggregation typically helps to keep electricity rates down and can...


Hadley identifies targets for municipal solar projects
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A former town landfill, the roofs of the elementary school, library and senior center and a municipal parking lot in Hadley center are being identified as possible locations that could be ideal for future solar installations.“All of these are...


Where to put the panels? In a final forum at UMass, experts debate best siting solar projects
01-05-2024 9:02 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Mass. Solar Forum series. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar energy is key to reaching the state’s climate goals, but opinions often differ widely when it comes to developing and...


Advocates back legislation seeking more local control on large-scale solar projects
11-29-2023 8:47 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — Valley residents are supporting proposed legislation that would give more local control over large-scale solar projects.The bills, S.1319/H.2082, “An Act Regarding Municipal Zoning Powers,” attempt to give more local power over the regulation...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-25-2023 7:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Adding to its collection of work documenting social change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has acquired the papers of social activist and writer Al Weinrub, co-founder of the anti-imperialist organization Science for the People (SftP) in...


Amherst designing bylaw for big solar
08-21-2023 8:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Regulating large-scale solar projects proposed for land that is actively being farmed or is significantly wooded remains a sticking point for an Amherst committee attempting to write a solar bylaw to be adopted by the Town Council.“It’s...


Deerfield Planning Board gives green light to solar arrays at old landfill
08-21-2023 8:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The solar array proposed for the town’s former landfill can move forward following the Planning Board’s approval of its site plan on Aug. 7.With the green light given, Deerfield Renewables LLC, alongside Nexamp, can proceed with a...


Solar biz celebrates 2,000th installation, energy independence for Sunderland housing complex
08-16-2023 7:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With the flip of a switch, Sanderson Place’s solar array kicked on Aug. 9 and set the senior housing facility on the road to energy independence.At the same time, the event marked Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics’ (PV Squared Solar) 2,000th...

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