Month: November 2011 (page 2 of 5)

Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

Funding: Up to $7 million

Open Date: 11/15/2011

Close Date: 03/05/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000607


DOE is supporting the development of tools and approaches that will reduce balance of system non-hardware costs for solar energy systems. These soft costs—expenses associated with permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection—can account for approximately half of the total expense of photovoltaic installations.

As part of the SunShot Incubator program, this funding opportunity is designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs develop data-driven tools, innovative programs, and streamlined processes that will make solar more accessible for Americans. This solicitation builds on the Incubator program’s proven success with photovoltaic technologies to begin targeting market barriers. By addressing all sectors of the solar energy economy, the SunShot Initiative works to reduce the total installed cost of photovoltaic systems.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 16, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

Full Applications Due: March 5, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

More information is available in the DOE press release.

Dec 3: Maple Syrup Brunch Fundraiser

When: Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: The Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville, MA

Join Groundwork Somerville for the third annual Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser! Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project. More details, including the brunch menu, will be added soon!

Make your reservation by calling: 617-440-6022

WANTED: Student reps for the President’s Sustainability Council

Do you have an interest in helping Tufts shape its energy, water and waste policies and plans? Would you like to be involved in a high-level committee to determine new campus sustainability goals?

The Sustainability Council is starting up this fall at Tufts University and is looking for undergraduate and graduate student representatives for the main council and each of the three working groups (water, waste and energy/emissions).

The new groups will be comprised of one undergraduate and one graduate student each, plus a select number of faculty and staff with appropriate expertise. The council will focus on reviewing existing goals, creating new ones and developing plans for moving forward to make Tufts’ campuses more environmentally sustainable.

While we don’t know for sure what the time commitment will be, expect to commit about 5-8 hours a month.

If you are interested in being a student representative on one of these committees, please write a short 200 word letter of interest explaining why you are interested and what knowledge or skills you will bring to the group. You may attach a resume if you would like, but it is not necessary. Email your application by Dec 1st to

See the Sustainability Council ad.

Nov 28: WasteWise Regional Forum

MassDEP sponsors periodic free WasteWise regional forums. These networking opportunities are developed with and for WasteWise members, and are typically hosted by member organizations. Forums are designed to provide members with timely waste reduction and recycling information that can help them meet their environmental goals.

Fall 2011 WasteWise Regional Forum

Stepping Up to the Plate: Winning Strategies for Food Waste Diversion
Monday, November 28, 2011
8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Northeastern University
John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute
40 Leon Street
Boston, MA 02115

Open to current and prospective WasteWise members.

RSVP by November 21, 2011, to or 617-292-5747.  Please provide your name, company, email address and phone number.  More information, including the forum agenda and directions, will be posted shortly.

MIT Energy Finance Forum

Friday, November 18 at the MIT Media Lab

Register Here:

The necessity to go deeper and further for oil, controversies surrounding shale gas extraction, the future of nuclear power in a post-Fukushima world, the fate of renewable energy in the face of political uncertainty. This year’s MIT Energy Finance Forum will explore these and other tensions in the energy space on Friday, November 18 at the MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street in Cambridge, MA.

Now in its second year, this forum will gather industry professionals, senior business executives, academics, and students from the area’s leading schools for panel discussions and networking opportunities. Speakers include Venrock Managing General Partner Ray Rothrock, NuScale Power Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paul Lorenzini, Former US Representative Bob Inglis, MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Dr. John Parsons, AIG Chartis Executive Vice President – Project Finance Advisory Services Bob Percopo, and many more. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit:

Register before tickets sell out!

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