HCG encouraging customers to support local renewable energy while saving 15% on their electricity bills
In December, 2018 alone, HCG sold 4 megawatts of solar net metering credits to local municipalities, schools, nonprofits, and businesses in Western Massachusetts through an expansion of Hampshire Renewables projects in partnership with Nexamp.
Nexamp expands access to solar power in Western Massachusetts with 12 new community solar projects through Hampshire Renewables
Nexamp, Inc. and HCG are working together to promote community solar projects totaling more than 21 megawatts across Western Massachusetts, enough to power approximately 4,000 homes. The solar arrays provide the opportunity for residents, businesses and municipalities to save hundreds if not thousands on their annual electricity bills while supporting local, renewable electricity. The collaborative effort is known as Hampshire Renewables.
HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts by bringing two great efforts together. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive. Join us November 19th, between 2:30-3:30 pm, with donations of cash, checks, and jars of peanut butter and jelly to support the Food Bank.
Local businesses in Northampton are choosing to power their values by switching their electricity supply to Hampshire Power, and giving back to the United Way.
Winter heating bills got you worried? HCG helps homeowners with alternative heating systems tap into significant financial incentives
Homeowners investing in alternative heating systems can maximize their clean energy investment. While significant federal and state rebates are currently available, there is a new program in Massachusetts allowing customers to receive additional cash back. Renewable heating and cooling technologies now provide Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) to users of systems that increase energy efficiency and reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-based energy generation.
RSVP of the Pioneer Valley is honoring a record number of volunteers with The President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement this year. The awards are given to those who have served over 4,000 volunteer hours throughout their lives.
In a first of its kind partnership, the HCG Purchasing Co-op has teamed up with Plymouth County to offer a General Office Supply Bid. Area schools, nonprofits, and municipalities are encouraged to visit hcg-ma.org/office-supplies for details.
In partnership with Baystate Municipal Accounting Group, the Regional Resource Group (RRG) and cloud based VADAR systems, HCG has constructed a new program allowing cities and towns to take advantage of combined municipal financial services. This regional program represents the first of its kind, designed to address a critical need and ensure optimum efficiencies.
Marin Goldstein has been tapped to lead electricity and renewable energy programs at HCG as director of energy operations, sales, and innovation. In his new role, he will oversee Hampshire Power, Hampshire Renewables, and HCG’s Renewable Energy Credit brokerage program.
In a first of its kind partnership, Hampshire Power is supporting Monte’s Cancer Connection Summercamp by facilitating donations to Cancer Connection for every new contract signed with the local electricity supplier.
As summer is fast-approaching, it’s time for a deep clean. The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers municipalities, schools, and nonprofits an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the new Custodial Supplies Bid. This bid offers free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings. Supplies may be ordered as needed.
A quick reminder before summer officially arrives! The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the General School Supplies and Arts & Crafts bids. These bids offer free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings.
Northampton and Williamsburg host a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program
Together, Northampton and Williamsburg are leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. Collectively, Northampton, Williamsburg, and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on Thursday June 14th at 6:30PM. This event is free and open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
The Town of Amherst sponsors a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program
The Town of Amherst’s Sustainability Department is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The MassCEC awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Town of Amherst and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Town Hall in the Town Room on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
The Town of Pelham’s Energy Committee is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Pelham Energy Committee and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Pelham Library in the Ramsdell Room on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
Municipalities and regional school districts throughout Western Massachusetts are now addressing rising retiree healthcare liabilities. Almost all public entities in the region are now quantifying and realizing their Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities, which is primarily retiree healthcare and not pension benefits.
HCG is excited to introduce Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts, a program designed to increase the adoption of solar hot water systems in the Pioneer Valley through reduced costs, a community education campaign, a dedicated volunteer network, and a partnership with a local installer.
HCG is amplifying its commitment to local, renewable energy by expanding its Energy Credit brokerage service. This service helps property owners statewide tap into the significant financial incentives for installing renewable heating and cooling technologies. Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) are available to users of systems that increase energy efficiency and reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-based energy generation.
DATE CHANGE: HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local teachers hands-on opportunity to choose school and art supplies
Update: Due to inclement weather, the dates have been rescheduled. School supplies will now take place on Wednesday, March 14th, and Arts & Crafts will be Thursday, March 15th. HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools a chance to save time, money, and effort through the General School and Arts & Crafts Supplies bids. On Wednesday, March 7th, and Thursday March 8th (weather permitting), local teachers and school staff will participate in awarding those items that will yield the best value. The process allows them to physically test and evaluate each product, and decide which supplies they choose to make available for purchase through these bids.
HCG is excited to announce the addition of Hampden County’s first Healthy Bones & Balance class beginning March 14th at the RiverMills Chicopee Senior Center. Chicopee joins 27 other sites in the Pioneer Valley in offering this acclaimed program.
HCG is expanding its services to the community by launching the Western Massachusetts Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust. The program saves public entities time and money in funding their retiree healthcare obligations. The Western MA OPEB Trust is open to all public entities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.
HCG is expanding its commitment to local, alternative energy by launching an Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) brokerage service, providing additional financial incentives to green heating and cooling system users. Anyone who has recently installed, or is considering installing, a renewable heating and cooling system is encouraged to contact HCG to learn how to maximize their clean energy investment. The types of systems that may qualify for this service are: solar hot water, pellet central heating systems, woodchip boilers, compost heat exchange, air source heat pumps, and geothermal.
HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. HCG is bringing two great efforts together in order to facilitate more donations and community involvement. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.