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Personal: HEAT Loan Program

"MassSAVE, a residential conservation services program administered by Massachusetts electric companies, gas companies and municipal aggregators, with oversight provided by The Division of Energy Resources (DOER) and The Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE), offers no-interest and low-interest financing to help residential consumers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their HEAT Loan Program." -DSIRE site Read More »

Personal Exemption: Energy Conservation Patent

"Massachusetts offers a personal income tax deduction for any income received from the sale of a patent or royalty income from a patent deemed beneficial for energy conservation or alternative energy development." -DSIRE site

For more information view Personal Exemption.

Financial Assistance: Business Expansion Initiative

"The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), as administrator of the state's Renewable Energy Trust Fund, is offering financial assistance in the form of loans to support renewable energy companies entering or expanding within the manufacturing stage of commercial development. Applicants must be companies that currently, or plan to, manufacture renewable energy technology products in Massachusetts. These may be new products, existing products or a combination of the two. Read More »

Corporate Credit: Solar Water Heating Systems

"In Massachusetts, businesses may take a credit against the state excise tax for the purchase and installation of a solar water-heating system. The system must be installed at a commercial building, and the credit may not exceed $300 or 15% of the system cost, whichever is less. This credit expires December 31, 2007. A business may carry over unused portions of the credit for use in taxable year 2007" (DSIRE site). Check out Corporate Credit for more information.

Tax Exemption: Solar or Wind Powered Systems

"This statute exempts solar and wind energy systems that qualify for the Excise Tax Deduction for Solar or Wind Powered Systems from the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. The exemption is in effect for the length of the system's depreciation period" (DSIRE site).

Visit Tax Exemption for more information regarding this type of exemption.

Tax Deduction: Solar or Wind-Powered Systems

"Businesses may deduct from net income, for state excise tax purposes, costs incurred from the installation of any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby." The installation must be located in Massachusetts and used exclusively in the trade or business of the corporation. A system or unit that qualifies for this deduction will not be taxed under the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. Read More »

Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency [DSIRE] is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DSIRE database is a comprehensive list of financial incentives for lowering your impact on the environment. Visit DSIRE Massachusetts for listings.

Volunteer Opportunities in Concord

Visit the Green Pages on this site, to view a list of Environmental Organizations.

Green Meeting

Meet with your business associates or household to discuss how your business or family can care for the environment. Discuss impacts and think about ways to reduce these impacts. Appoint someone the Green Manager. Ask this person to perform an environmental audit and research ways to "green" your home or place of work.

Vinyl Alternatives

According to the EPA http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/vinylchl.html and other organizations http://www.vinylchloridefyi.com/vinyl_chloride_health_effects.html , Vinyl is one of the most toxic substances in widespread use today.

Vinyl is typically the only substrate available for signs, banners, awnings and other marketing materials. There is now a non-toxic alternative called Eco-Flexx. Learn more at Eco-flexx.com.

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