This Thursday, February 23rd, women and men of the Massachusetts solar industry will come together at District Hall in Boston to participate in the third annual #NationWISE event. NationWISE is a multi-city roundtable that was started by the Boston-based nonprofit Women in Solar Energy (WISE) to facilitate dialogue and collaboration towards a common goal of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry. The event provides an exciting opportunity for women across the United States to unite and bring forth innovative ideas and strategies to strengthen the solar community and to set priorities for the upcoming year. Nexamp, a leading commercial solar developer headquartered in Boston, is honored to host the Northeast chapter this year.
I am currently a new Asset Manager for Nexamp, monitoring and maintaining the company’s operating solar portfolio. Only six months ago, I was finishing up my undergraduate studies, still somewhat unsure of my career trajectory. I studied English and Environmental Science at Wesleyan and I have always had a passion for current issues relevant to my generation. Environmental threats are only becoming more pressing and I was confident that coupling these problems with developing technologies would lead to a lot of untapped job growth in the industry. It was this initial lure that brought me to Washington, D.C. for an environmental policy internship just a few weeks after finishing up college.
Kathy sits on our senior management team and has seen the company through several transformations over the past 6 years. She has had a hand in shaping numerous internal processes and is a huge driver of company culture. From managing her team to spearheading financial reporting and planning baby showers, Kathy truly does it all.
Yesterday President Obama announced his Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative and its goal of bringing 1 gigawatt of solar to low- and moderate- income families by 2020. We here at Nexamp are proud to support this goal by committing to complete construction on 17 new community solar projects by the end of 2016, totalling 35 megawatts of projects that will serve nearly 2000 households, small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Topics: Community Solar
Increasing your property’s value while supporting renewable energy has always been appealing, though not always economically compelling. Onsite solar projects can provide reliable and significant electricity cost savings. Especially in Rhode Island, where electricity rates are among the highest in the country, properties with solar installations can differentiate themselves - and even draw a premium - for progressive tenants drawn by industrial expansion and economic growth. Unfortunately, typical financing structures can limit the potential for these projects to become a reality for middle market commercial and industrial property owners.
However, a new option is quickly gaining popularity in the Ocean State: Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE). C-PACE allows property owners to finance a solar project through voluntary charges on their property tax bill over the life the project. Following major successes in California and Connecticut, C-PACE legislation has been enacted in Rhode Island and 31 other states to help owners bring their properties into the new energy economy.
Located at our Boston headquarters, the Nexamp Energy Center works 7 days a week to provide the meaningful data points that make our team smarter and set us apart as a turnkey solar solutions provider.
Brian, Senior Solar Designer
Our senior solar designer, Brian, manages our design team, does high level designs and energy modelling, researches new products, and supports the construction teams. As one of our earliest employees, he has also seen firsthand Nexamp’s transformation from a residential solar company to a commercial-scale solar project developer, EPC, and asset management firm. This month, Brian shared his own path to solar and how engineering students seeking jobs can stand out from the crowd.
Travelling down the Mass Pike towards New York State, I am putting over 1000 MW of installed solar in my rearview mirror.
Julie Arnold, Community Solar Manager
As Nexamp’s Community Solar Manager, Julie leads our Solarize My Bill community solar program, which is opening up solar access to more families and businesses than ever before. What you may not know is that long before she even began working in clean energy, Julie had been active in the fight against climate change. This Earth Week, Julie spoke about how she’s built a mission-driven life and career.
Last week, I attended NECEC’s Strategic Partner and Innovation Summit, which brought together key state, municipal and cleantech entrepreneurs from across the region.
The focus? Fostering collaboration to address barriers and opportunities associated with the development of sustainable cities.