Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Grant Awardee!

After a rigorous application and interview process, is honored to be one of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s 2017 InnovateMass grant recipients. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is an agency dedicated to developing the clean energy industry in Massachusetts and making Massachusetts a leader in both clean energy installations and clean energy business.

The Nor’easter panel that is available today is the product of decades of learning and years of research, development and testing. This slow and steady approach is a guiding principle in our business. The products we offer have been tested for performance as well as durability to ensure many years of reliable service. Not only is testing supplied by certified third party testing facilities, but system design and installation is supervised as part of our service.

Our project is a collaboration between and Amesbury’s CI works (formerly, the Chestnut Innovation Center) to install our panels on the facility’s rooftop. Support from the Mass CEC will allow us to embark on our first flat roof commercial installation. This partnership allows for both necessary research and strategic exposure for

Most homes in our area have pitched roofs making them possible sites for panels. However, it’s not only residential properties that need heating and cooling and want to do it in an environmentally friendly way. Many commercial buildings have flat roofs, but also operate businesses like laundromats or hotels, which also require a lot of thermal energy. With this in mind, our team went to work designing an adaptation suitable for project sites such as this. While standard tilt-up bracketing systems are an option, this does not take advantage of the roofing component of the system. Instead we chose to build an architectural component which includes a pitched roof. At CI works in Amesbury, we are converting a low pitch clear story roof, which is about one hundred feet long by ten feet wide, to a steep pitched roof. The net result will be about 1200 square feet of south facing pitched roof, which will not detract from original architecture of the historic brick building. Construction will take place during this summer, so that CI works will be poised to enjoy all the benefits of panels come fall.

If you’re local, keep an eye out for movement on the top of the 11 Chestnut Street building. And if you want to know more, don’t hesitate to stop by, give us a call or check out our website:

Click here to see the MassCEC press release.


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