On October 5 & 6, 2019 and the surrounding weekends, hundreds of people who have gone solar across the nation will open their homes and businesses to engage their communities around the power of solar energy.
Solar homes, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipal buildings, religious institutions, schools, and community solar gardens are all invited to host solar open houses as part of the National Solar Tour.
Important DOER Meetings regarding the SMART program
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)
400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentations
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible.
Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:
• We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away. Distributed generation on large rooftops and parking lots is far more appropriate siting.
• We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots. Currently, local installers are cut out of the process.
DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.
Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review. Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov
, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019
Meeting Locations and Times:
THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — LENOX, MA
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bernstein Theatre’s Artists Rehearsal Studio
70 Kemble Street
THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — AMHERST, MA
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
UMass Amherst Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Parking is located in the Campus Center Parking Garage on level 2
MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 — FALL RIVER, MA
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA
FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — FITCHBURG, MA
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fitchburg State University
Kent Recital Hall
Parking is located at the Wallace Civic Center Parking lot. Please take campus shuttle to the Kent Recital Hall.
XR Mass Non-Violent Direct Action Trainings
Learn how to take part in Extinction Rebellion actions at this NVDA training series! You will be empowered to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring friends who you would like to form an affinity group with, or make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here!
We recommend that you attend an XR orientation meeting before you attend our NVDA training. You can find the next orientation on our calendar
Time: Saturday September 14, 9am until 2pm.
Interested in being part of direct actions led by Extinction Rebellion? To participate - whether you're in a role that risks arrest or not - you must have nonviolent direct action training!
Join us in Northampton on September 14th from 10-5 at the Northampton Friends Meeting House for comprehensive training in advance of Global Climate Strike Week beginning September 20th. Further details will be provided closer to the training day based on planned XR actions. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 to participate in the training, toward the cost of space and resources, but no one will be turned away if they're unable to make a donation.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The training has a maximum capacity of 20 and we may have to set up a waitlist if interest exceeds the space available.» Register here