News Archive

News Archive

BPVS in the Field
BPVS in the Field
Bright sun and a happy crew – off the roof and cleaned up before it gets way too hot ! Left to Right that is Hunter Phillips, Peter Prange and Crew Chief Matt Cook. Nice work fellows! This array looks like 5 maybe 6 kilowatts (kW) in capacity because its not taking up much room on this garage roof … not so – These are Panasonic High efficiency 330 watt modules. More Power in Less Space . That is a 9.9 kW PV array !  Posted By: cdk . (2017-06-15)  
BPVS selected as authorized Panasonic dealer
BPVS selected as authorized Panasonic dealer
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America has selected BPVS as an Authorized Solar Installer, certified to offer their exclusive HIT® photovoltaic module with a 25-year enhanced workmanship and labor warranty covering solar module power output. The advanced Panasonic solar technology makes HIT® modules among the most efficient and reliable products in the industry. The selection of BPVS recognizes the company for its high-quality installation practices and strong performance history, both of which are strong considerations in qualifying for the enhanced warranty. For the two pioneers in the solar industry, 2017 marks BPVS’ 32nd year in business and Panasonic’s 99th. Posted By:…
May Production
May Production
Do you have solar & noticed low production for the month of May? If so, you aren’t alone- thanks to the cloudy, rainy weather, production averages 80-90 kWh/kW. The usual May average for our customers is around 125 kWh/kW. Thankfully summer is just around the corner! Posted By: BM . (2017-06-01)  
Spring Sustainability Fair this Saturday
Spring Sustainability Fair this Saturday
The first Berkshire Spring Enviro Fair and Expo sponsored by BEAT (Berkshire Environmental Action Team) and Living the Change Berkshires. is happening this Saturday, May 13, 10am to 9pm, at the STATIONERY , a great old paper factory building at 63 Flansburg Ave. in Dalton. BPVS is a co sponsor and will have detailed solar info. at our booth. There will be lots of local art and crafts for sale and other environmentally responsible vendors like BPVS. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.  Posted By: cdk . (2017-05-09)  
BPVS Is Hiring!
BPVS Is Hiring!
Would you like to join the BPVS team? We are hiring! Send your resume to us at Becca@bpvs.com!  Posted By: BM . (2017-04-20)  
Welcome Walker To BPVS!
Welcome Walker To BPVS!
Meet our newest Intern, Walker Phillips. He is currently working as a solar analyst/technician for us at BPVS. Walker is in his junior year at MCLA and will be graduating with both marketing and finance degrees. Solar Energy and other alternative energy sources have become a growing interest of his throughout the past three years. He has shown exemplary initiative to research the technology and our growing industry. One of his tasks is the annual revision of our annual Clean Energy Statistic Data Base Report, which can be found under our Clean Energy Stats section on our website. We are…
BPVS VP Rebecca Martin
BPVS VP Rebecca Martin
BPVS, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services Inc. has promoted Rebecca Martin to the position of Vice President. Rebecca is now celebrating her tenth year working for the firm. Rebecca lives in Pownal Vermont with her husband, Brad and their one year old son, Bentley. She began working at BPVS as a paid intern in her junior year at MCLA and is this year celebrating 10 years of full time work. Rebecca is adept at solar PV design and utility documentation and all financial aspects of the business. As BPVS expands she will be responsible for training new employees and interns on customer…
SRECsII Extension Plus
SRECsII Extension Plus
We have updated our popular SRECs white paper on the market going forward and on the SRECs II extension policy for new solar customers and this time included a brief discussion of issues around the new SMART solar policy and program in the works for Massachusetts. See our Solar RECs INFO link  Posted By: cdk . (2017-02-17)  
Massachusetts New Solar Policy
Massachusetts New Solar Policy
The Massachusetts Dept of Energy Resources DOER will announce their new solar incentive program/proposal on Tuesday Jan. 31st. Their “straw proposal” was presented in the Fall as part of the regulatory strategy to establish new net metering rules. BPVS and many other stakeholders criticized the straw proposal for among many inequities, giving all control of management and incentive payments to the utilities. See http://solarisworking.org/for a good review of the legislation which prompted this about face in Massachusetts solar policy. DOER is simply carrying out the anti- solar strategy some utility executives have proclaimed for years and which the Baker administration supports.…
Happy Solar 2017
Happy Solar 2017
As we close out our busiest year ever we wish to thank all our customers for their confidence in BPVS and the best of times to all in the New Year! While the Massachusetts solar incentive policy is in flux as we enter 2017 , the federal Tax credit will still be a valuable aid to those who want to make an environmental difference by generating clean solar electricity. We have a full slate of installations ready to go when the weather breaks. If you are contemplating a PV system to be installed this coming year now is the time…
2016 Vadnais Environmental lecture
2016 Vadnais Environmental lecture
This year’s Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues lecture will host Dr. John Harris speaking on regional concerns from climate change . The lecture is on Thursday , November 17, at 7p.m. in the MCLA Murdock Hall Sammer Dennis room on the second floor. Murdock Hall is at the center of the campus on Church Street in North Adams. We’re looking forward to hearing Dr. John Harris , a renowned naturalist speak to the changes he has seen, and we should expect, due to to climate change. His most recent book RETURNING NORTH WITH THE SPRING, is published by the…
Solar Stats to Date
Solar Stats to Date
Solar Production This Summer We’d like to thank all our customers who keep accurate records of their PV system’s production and report into us. Terry Kellogg of Peru Ma a retired GE Technician was the first to note a trend this summer … after an excellent June, kWh production went down July – September compared to last year. Last year was a banner year 10% above average for his site . Alternately production has been near or above normal this Summer in Eastern Ma. All in, for western MA hilltowns and the Berkshires, production thus far for 2016 is ~…
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
350.org  Berkshires has announced a local action to support the  Lakota  Sioux movement to stop fossil fuel subsidies and expanded combustion.   We know there is a better way and solar energy is a big part of that path. Indigenous peoples around the world are setting the example of conscience. There is a national movement to show solidarity…come be a part of it. ..4:30-6 pm  at Park Sq Pittsfield Tuesday 9/13  – Bring a sign or just bring yourself!  Please share with your friends/networks. The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day, and it’s time…
Stephen L. Congdon
Stephen L. Congdon
One of   Berkshire County’s earliest solar advocates passed away recently .  Stephen  Congdon was a  long time  friend and one of our earliest customers for  both utility interactive  PV and PV with storage. In fact what he accomplished with his plan and our help to incrementally grow the  PV capacity with innovative battery storage  at his home in Richmond from 1997 to 2004 anticipated  what the PV industry considers highly innovative now in 2016.  A long time Professor of Chemistry at Berkshire Community College , in his retirement he remained active each year hosting environmental studies students at his home…
Ma DPU Hearings and Comments
Ma DPU Hearings and Comments
This afternoon  June 14th at 4 we will join with environmental activists to draw attention to the Department of Public Utilities hearing at the Berkshire Athaneum  on allowing  Gas Pipeline capital costs to be collected by electric utilities from all ratepayers.  Please join us at Park Square in Pittsfield  and then attend the hearing to voice your concerns. This is really an unprecedented , pre – emptive way to foist gas pipeline infrastructure on the state. We don’t need new pipelines and the private concerns behind this  cannot get financing to build them ….that is why they are are trying…
32 years!
32 years!
Now  enjoying our 32nd year in operation as the region’s most experienced and sought after  PV design and installation firm… thanks to all who sent congratulations through emails and social media . We are so fortunate to have customers  committed to the environment and who monitor their system’s  performance carefully. While this  past May was below average in production   April was above average .  Soon  you’ll see our  updated clean energy stats posted and it will confirm that annual  production fluctuates withina a narrow range in western MA. This  last  year  we have frequented actions and  helped  plan strategies…
Fossil Fuel Divestment Seminar
Fossil Fuel Divestment Seminar
Here is an excellent article in the Berkshire Edge by Gary Stoller explaing the reasons for  Fossil Fuel Divestment . http://theberkshireedge.com/divesting-fossil-fuel-companies-affect-personal-investments/ Gary has organized a seminar supported by the Berkshire Node of 350.org on the subject for this Saturday: May 21, 10:00am-11:30am at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield Objective specialists will discuss the details of Fossil Fuel Divestment and re-investment to support climate healing.     Posted By: cdk . (2016-05-17)  
Sustainability Fair
Sustainability Fair
The first Berkshire Sustainability Fair  called ” Living the Change” will take place on Saturday MAY  7th  11:00 am  to 11:00 pm at the Shire City Sanctuary  on 40  Melville  Street  Pittsfield, MA  just east of  the Transit center on Main Street . Come celebrate our victories for the environment  with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, the  Berkshire Node of 350. org , Berkshire food  Co-Op , The Schumacher Society and  many others including BPVS.  Seminars , Crafts ,  Food and  Vendors,  a free showing of Naomi  Klein’s new documentary  and a  dance party . Check out the details in…
Earth Day Victories
Earth Day Victories
We’re marking significant victories for a rational energy policy this week!  Cancellation of the NED Pipeline was announced – we heard the news Wednesday night at the Berkshire 350.org  meeting – and this afternoon we learn that the Constitution Pipeline in NY state has been denied a water quality permit waiver by NY DEC ….steadfast opposition to the fossil fuel industry the past few years has shown that the citizenry  wants  renewables  and honest research proving  this fracked gas was not  really needed for New England prevailed- There are many people and organizations who stood united across the Northeast ….just…
Solar Legislation & Berkshire 350.Org
Solar Legislation & Berkshire 350.Org
This week on Weds. April 20th at the monthly  350.org  Berkshire Node meeting  Chris Derby Kilfoyle of BPVS will speak on the new legislation  and  Gary Stoller , one of the founders of the divestiture movement  will speak on the fossil fuel divestiture campaign and upcoming actions.  Berkshire 350.0rg always welcomes new members. The meeting is at 7:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church 175  Wendell Avenue  in Pittsfield , MA. A potluck dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Find out more at  the chapters   Facebook page: 350MA Berkshire Node The new solar legislation presents a host of  new problems and barriers…
New Solar Law in MA
New Solar Law in MA
New Massachusetts Solar Legislation Governor Baker is expected to sign into  law , Monday April 11th  the compromise solar bill passed by the House and Senate last week.  The bill is far from perfect ; it is not even good or fair but  it does provide some relief  for  solar businesses and customers confused and unable to make long term  plans  since January 2014 when the states largest utilities began an active lobbying campaign against solar net metering and the SRECs  incentive. The bill raises the public and private limits  or ‘caps’ on net metered  distributed generation. For the last…
Climate Change Talk in Williamstown
Climate Change Talk in Williamstown
William R. Moomaw, lead author of five U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports, coordinating lead author of two, will speak on “Exceeding Expectations: Beyond the Climate Agreements at COP21.” Moomaw will describe what happened in Paris outside the official boundaries of COP21—among the regions, the states, the cities, the private sector business groups, the municipalities, and individual organizations. It is an exciting, untold story of commitments to carbon reduction that equal or exceed the pledges of some major countries.   The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 11:20 a.m., April 10, in…
NEW SRECs Info
NEW SRECs Info
We have updated our popular  Massachusetts SRECs  white paper – you can see it on our web site here Solar RECs Info which is always  on the left side of the home page  We updated key sections because of recent policy and publicity  events . Late Friday Feb. 5th , the Massachusetts Div. of Energy Resources made a surprising ( to some) announcement  that  led with the notice that the SRECs II program was oversubscribed. This created a little panic which  was fanned into a larger panic from misinformation that showed up in a Boston Globe article  on Tuesday Feb . 8th.…
New MA Solar legislation
New MA Solar legislation
Today over 56  solar business, public interest  and environmental organizations  jointly released a two page summary on the various solar bills before the House. See below to download the pdf.    We’re proud to be part of the effort led by Attorney  Mark  LeBel of the Acadia Center.  This  summary tells the truth about solar costs and benefits and counters the expensive  lobbying , PR and whispering campaign the fossil fuel industry spread throughout the state  since late August 2015. You may recall the House leadership late in the fall session stage managed  passage of a regressive  solar bill written…
Solar tax credit Extension
Solar tax credit Extension
The  really good news today with the Federal Government Omnibus Bill passing the House and most likely the Senate is that  government agencies won’t shut down.    Another positive achievement is that  Solar tax credits have been extended . For now RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL Solar prospects and customers   can count on the same rules  for the next  couple of years.  We’ll have  new guidance on  tax credit changes to expect after 2018  soon.One consequence of the wrangling on this bill is that in exchange for extending the tax credits for solar and other renewables , the oil industry is now…
There is hope yet for us as a species
There is hope yet for us as a species
That is how  Michael Feldstein closed his summary of the Paris Climate Conference agreements in a  message to  his fellow members of the Berkshire 350.0rg  group,   you can read Michaels selected anthology of articles on details of the conference  at https://flipboard.com/@mfeldstein/350ma-links-vtk396qfy. If you wish to join one of the most active “nodes ” of  350.org  please come to our monthly meeting this Wednesday evening at the Unitarian Universalist church  in Pittsfield. Do you want more details and to learn more about  the activities and the groups current efforts to aid the the Mass Power Forward campaign?   Please visit the …
Massachusetts Power Forward
Massachusetts Power Forward
Mass Power forward was launched  today wiith simultaneous  press conferences in cities across the state. More than 60 organizations from environmental groups to businesses to faith communities are working together to support progressive solar and anti fossil fuel legislation in the Commonwealth. To help support  go to: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2155/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18404 BPVS joined friends from  the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, the Berkshire Node of 350.org and the Stop the Pipeline  Group.  Watch for articles in the local  papers and on line news sites.     Posted By: cdk . (2015-10-09)  
SRECs Summer 2015
SRECs Summer 2015
The 2015  SRECs auction has cleared and the values  for both SRECs I and and SRECs II on the open market have improved. Early  solar adopters continue to be punished by the state’s  solar  incentive policies. RECs prices are miserably low.   Our popular RECs/  SRECs  white paper has been updated . This is the 10th version since 2010 and essential reading to understand distinctions between a production incentive like  the massachusetts REC or SREC  and Net Metering.. To view the attached PDF file, Click Here . Posted By: cdk . (2015-07-31)  
Contact Us Update
Contact Us Update
 IMPORTANT    If you contacted us at  info@bpvs.com  during the weekend of July 11th and 12th  or  through to noon on July 13th then unfortunately we won’t have your message  – it was accidentally deleted . please send a new message or call us.  Thanks       Posted By: cdk . (2015-07-13)  
Support Solar Net metering
Support Solar Net metering
On the 12th of May   a special statehouse hearing led by Senator Downing of the First district which includes the Berkshires  will focus on long term renewable energy issues  for Massachusetts. Among these is the net metering cap that is now preventing some  PV installations from going forward in National Grid territory and will in other utilities in coming months. Please contact the governor and your local legislators to voice your support for  rational,  consistent solar policy in Massachusetts so we can get on with environmental healing rather than the  boom and bust cycles dictated by utility concerns. Find out…