“Green” Bag Lunch: Solar PV in Massachusetts
ULI Boston’s Sustainability Council introduces members to sustainable technology and its practical applications. Each meeting in the series will focus on one technology and explore the technology in use in New England.
Aidan Foley, Senior Director at BlueWave Capital and Luke McKneally, Architect at Solar Design Associates will provide an overview of the current solar photovoltaic market in Massachusetts, and an update on market dynamics for those who are already following the market.
As an element of the Green Communities Act, Massachusetts launched an ambitious Solar Financing Program intending to install 400 MegaWatts of customer-sited solar throughout Massachusetts. Known as the Solar Carve-Out, the program offers Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) to generators of solar energy. Now the approaching its halfway point, Aidan and Luke will provide an overview of what is happening in the program, and the Massachusetts solar market in general. Luke will also present case-studies on the types of projects that are being installed.
Beverages will be provided, but guests are asked to provide their own lunch. Edwards Wildman is conveniently located in the Prudential Center, which has many options for take-out lunch. Click Here for details.
Aidan Foley is a Senior Director at BlueWave Capital, a developer of Solar PV projects, and Principal of Lunasa Solar, a solar development consultant. He previously spent five years with SunEdison, a leading developer, owner and operator of solar PV projects, where he managed strategic accounts, including the largest solar program in the U.S. at the time. He previously spent three years with Corcoran Jennison Companies developing mixed-income housing. Aidan has a MS in Real Estate Development from MIT, and a BS in Construction Economics from the Dublin Institute of Technology; he is a Chartered Surveyor with the RICS, a LEED AP, and a licensed construction supervisor.
Luke McKneally is a registered architect and LEED AP at Solar Design Associates (SDA), with over 15 years of diverse design experience. Luke specializes in energy-efficient, environmentally responsive design and the use of renewable energy in buildings. Luke earned his Masters degree in Biology from Harvard University, performing graduate research at the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Laboratories. Luke is focused on SDA’s “Beyond LEED” program to create ultra-efficient buildings powered by integrated renewable energy systems to achieve carbon neutrality, and require little to no fossil fuels. In addition to working on Governor Patrick’s “Zero Net Energy Building” Task Force, he has managed projects designed to meet the stringent standards he helped establish for Net-Zero Energy.