Renewable Energy

Understanding the New Massachusetts State Representatives’ Green Agenda

The Massachusetts legislature recently welcomed 24 new state representatives, the majority of whom are seeking to address the ever-growing issue of climate change.

As it stands, Massachusetts, home to about 6.8 million people, receives about a sixth of its electricity from renewable sources, like wind and solar.

That’s not enough for the new members of the Massachusetts state legislature.

100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2050

Renewable Electricity Grid with Wind and Solar PowerThe newest crop of state representatives is pledging to transition the entire state to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050—an ambitious goal that would put the Bay State at the forefront of the green movement.

Out of the 24 new recruits, 14 have signed onto the pledge, and are now calling themselves the GreenTeamMA (; a campaign platform that promises to shun donations from fossil fuel companies and promote new initiatives in wind and solar energy.

Massachusetts could get to the 2050 goal through a variety of means. It’d require a percentage of residential and commercial solar plants, onshore and offshore wind farms, geothermal, and hydroelectric sources. But the result would be an entirely revolutionized grid, with a host of economic and social benefits for the Massachusetts people.

What does a 100 percent renewable grid look like for Massachusetts?

According to some observers, it means over 53,000 new construction jobs for the state, as well as 38,000 operations jobs. These are well-paying, middle-class careers, that could not only help lift low-income residents to the next step in the economic ladder, but also, help the state overall.

With a projected savings of $8.2 billion in healthcare costs from air pollution, we’re looking at a healthier, happier state for everyone.

As this state legislative session gets underway, we look forward to seeing the many efforts made by the GreenTeamMA and other representatives to make this viable green vision an achievable reality.

For more information on solar development in Massachusetts and supporting the green initiative, call the team of experts at Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

U.S. Energy Storage Market on the Rise

Current projections estimate that the U.S. energy storage market will reach a value of $4.5 billion by 2023. The third quarter of 2018 had almost twice the scale or projects reported from the third quarter of 2017 showing the level of swift advancement within the industry.

Here at Pope Energy, we pride ourselves on our advocacy for renewable energy initiatives across the state that fosters this expansion. In light of the booming energy storage market and the increase of available incentive programs, now is the perfect time to contact us to discuss the benefits of a large-scale solar project!

Renewable Energy StorageHow Massachusetts is making an impact in energy storage

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program (SMART) aims to double the state’s solar power capacity. The strategy to reach this goal is to make more solar projects viable by providing tiered incentives to promote solar, with additional benefits if storage is attached.

Adding inducements specific to storage encourages more projects to include that element in their plans, which contributes to greater overall solar capabilities of the state.

Massachusetts’ installed storage to increase exponentially in 2019

The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor reports that Massachusetts’ installed storage is forecasted to increase from 5.4 MW in 2018 to 54 MW in 2019. The report categorizes the SMART Program as a “massive near term opportunity for solar-plus-storage.” Favorable regulations for emerging technologies in the energy storage industry contribute immensely to the expansion level we are seeing right now. While these energy-advantageous laws are in effect is the perfect time to discover the benefits of renewable energy storage.

Across the country, energy storage is increasingly being recognized for its economic potential. The future of energy storage in the United States is on the rise, rapidly expanding each quarter. To find out more about the SMART Program and how you can become part of this growing market, please contact us! With all of the incentive opportunities available, now is the time to explore the advantages the renewable energy sector can provide.

Renewable Energy Markets Worldwide: What to Expect in 2019

Renewable Energy World MarketsThe global energy storage market is growing by leaps and bounds due to well-designed state energy policies and declining storage cost. Although the annual installation size of energy storage sat at under 0.4 gigawatts back in 2012, it currently sits at right around 6 gigawatts and is expected to grow to more than 40 gigawatts within the next five years.

There are a variety of different renewable energy markets across the world that are helping guide this growth.

Here are a few markets to keep an eye on in 2019.

Energy Storage in China

Although China hasn’t been strong historically when it comes to energy storage, it appears as though they’re poised to change that in 2019. They have more than 2 gigawatts worth of electrochemical storage projects underway at the moment and are predicted to keep growing as a renewable energy market next year.

Wind Power in Japan

There has been some hesitancy in Japan to bet big on offshore wind energy in the past, however Tokyo Electric Power Company, which is one of the largest utility companies in Japan, sounds like they’re ready to take the leap.

If all goes according to plan, it would provide a huge boost to the global energy storage market.

Solar Power in Nigeria

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa at the moment and is also the biggest oil producer on the continent. Yet, more than 50 percent of the people in the country don’t have direct access to clean energy.

This could all change in the coming year as Nigeria makes a push to establish its solar market.

Energy Storage in the U.S.

America already leads the world in energy storage, but that isn’t going to stop U.S. companies from continuing to push forward with new renewable energy projects. California, Hawaii, New York, the Carolinas, and Massachusetts are all expected to play a big part in further energy storage developments in 2019.

At Pope Energy, we specialize in developing and constructing large-scale solar photovoltaic projects for our clients and work towards reducing your energy costs with batteries and other energy storage technologies. Call us at 855-767-3363 today to see how a solar development project could benefit you.