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Clean Energy

BlueHub Energy: Low-income communities can lead the way toward a greener future

We understand that the effects of climate change don’t come and go with the seasons. BlueHub Energy has long focused on climate change and environmental justice, working to mitigate the negative effects for low-income communities, while also ensuring that everyone, despite where they live or their level of wealth, can access renewable energy sources.

BlueHub Energy develops innovative financing and business models that expand access to solar and other renewable sources for people with low incomes.

“To address the impacts of climate change, people of all incomes need to be part of the solution.”

DeWitt Jones President, BlueHub Energy

Our Work

Solar Projects

We’ve seen the transformative power of clean, affordable energy since our first pioneering solar installation for Boston-area affordable housing developments launched in 2007. We’ve brought solar’s environmental and financial benefits to dozens more communities since. The highlights of our progress to date:

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Mishawum Park Apartments in Boston 
Photo by Marilyn Humphries
  • Our roof-top solar installations stabilize and lower electricity costs by 30% for 28 affordable housing developments, nonprofits and municipal facilities
  • Our two shared solar projects cut electricity costs by over 20% and fix costs over the life of the panels for 29 affordable housing developments and nonprofit facilities
  • A pilot solar program provides direct solar credits to residents of two affordable housing buildings, cutting electric bills by an average of 50% and eliminating price spikes for 10 years

Beyond reducing electricity costs, through our hands-on solar work we have a clear-eyed view of policy and financing barriers that have limited the use of solar power for low-income communities. We have the practical experience to propose effective policies to overcome those barriers.  For example, as a direct result of our recommendations to reform solar incentives, Massachusetts solar policy now encourages conventional solar developers to serve public housing organizations. Today, solar electricity offsets more than half the electricity costs for the Massachusetts’ state public housing developments, saving 25% on electric bills, providing a hedge against future increases and generating roughly $250 million in savings over the life of the panels.

BlueHub Energy Solar Projects and Community Solar Customers

The map below shows the locations of BlueHub's clean energy projects and customers. BlueHub Energy solar panels generate over 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually—enough to power the electricity use of almost 1,100 houses. The greenhouse gas emissions avoided through the use of our solar panels is equal to the amount created by over 1,270 cars driven for one year, or a total of nearly 15 million miles. Read more about each project below. 

Map of Massachusetts with the locations of BlueHub Energy solar projects and customers.
All Current and Historic Solar Projects

225 Centre Street

  • Address: 225 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • Size (kW): 62
  • Panels: 260
  • Year installed: 2014
  • Housing units served: 103

Adams Court

  • Address: 415–431 & 435 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02128
  • Size (kW): 84
  • Panels: 330
  • Year installed: 2010
  • Housing units served: 99

Cass House

  • Address: 140 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02121
  • Size (kW): 68
  • Panels: 231
  • Year installed: 2014
  • Housing units served: 256
  • Beneficiaries:
    • Blue Mountain Apartments, Dorchester

Greater Boston Food Bank

  • Address: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
  • Size (kW): 260
  • Panels: 1154
  • Year installed: 2011 & 2014

Mishawum Park Apartments

  • Address: 338 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
  • Size (kW): 391
  • Panels: 2236
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Housing units served: 337

Old Colony Homes

  • Address: 25 James O’Neill Street & 125 Mercer Street, South Boston, MA 02127
  • Size (kW): 231
  • Panels: 934
  • Year installed: 2011 & 2014
  • Housing units served: 24

Jefferson Park Apartments

  • Address: 93–108 Jackson Place, Cambridge, MA 02140
  • Size (kW): 90
  • Panels: 359
  • Year installed: 2014
  • Housing units served: 175

LBJ Apartments

  • Address: 150 Erie Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Size (kW): 81
  • Panels: 378
  • Year installed: 2011
  • Housing units served: 178

Lincoln Way Apartments

  • Address: 181 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
  • Size (kW): 115
  • Panels: 442
  • Year installed: 2014
  • Housing units served: 70

Port Landing Apartments

  • Address: 131 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Size (kW): 44
  • Panels: 138
  • Year installed: 2016
  • Housing units served: 20

Walden Square Apartments

  • Address: 21 Walden Square Road, Cambridge, MA 02140
  • Size (kW): 80
  • Panels: 390
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Housing units served: 224

Washington Elms

  • Address: 131 Washington Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Size (kW): 92
  • Panels: 542
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Housing units served: 145

Atlas Lofts

  • Address: 88 Gerish Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150
  • Size (kW): 42
  • Panels: 186
  • Year installed: 2011
  • Housing units served: 53

Mill Street Shared Solar Project

  • Address: 108 Mill Street, Gardner, MA 01440
  • Size (kW): 986
  • Panels: 3344
  • Year installed: 2014
  • Beneficiaries:
    • Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, Leominster
    • GAAMHA, Gardner
    • Heywood Wakefield Commons Assisted Living Facility, Gardner
    • Olde English Village, Gardner

Hopkinton Fire Station

  • Address: 73 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
  • Size (kW): 11
  • Panels: 60
  • Year installed: 2009

Hopkinton High School

  • Address 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
  • Size (kW): 193
  • Panels: 1105
  • Year installed: 2009

Hopkinton Middle School

  • Address: 88 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
  • Size (kW): 95
  • Panels: 544
  • Year installed: 2009

Hopkinton Police Station

  • Address: 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
  • Size (kW): 25
  • Panels: 120
  • Year installed: 2009

Champ Homes

  • Address: 82 School Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Size (kW): 34
  • Panels: 169
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Housing units served: 34

Union Crossing

  • Address: 50 Island Avenue, Lawrence, MA 01840
  • Size (kW): 96
  • Panels: 390
  • Year installed: 2011
  • Housing units served: 150

North Canal Apartments

  • Address: 517 Moody Street, Lowell, MA 01854
  • Size (kW): 202
  • Panels: 872
  • Year installed: 2011
  • Housing units served: 265

New Bedford Boys & Girls Club

  • Address: 166 Jenney Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
  • Size (kW): 107
  • Panels: 330
  • Year installed: 2014

Onset Shared Solar Project (Onset East & West Developments)

  • Address: 15 Sand Pond Road, Onset, MA 02558
  • Size (kW): 2782
  • Panels: 9196
  • Year installed: 2016
  • Housing units served: 1003
  • Beneficiaries:
    • 704 Main Street Apartments, Falmouth
    • Brandy Hill Apartments, East Wareham
    • Bridgeport Housing, Falmouth
    • Canal Bluffs Apartments, Bourne
    • Clay Pond Cove Apartments, Bourne
    • Coffin Lofts, New Bedford
    • Community Action for Better Housing, New Bedford
    • Cranberry Manor Apartments, Wareham
    • Cromwell Court Apartments, Hyannis
    • Depot Crossing, East Wareham
    • Edgerton Drive Housing, North Falmouth
    • Housing for Independent Living, Carver
    • Island Elderly Housing, Oak Bluffs
    • Island Housing Trust, Vineyard Haven
    • Kings Landing Apartments, Brewster
    • Lawton’s Corner Apartments, New Bedford
    • Manomet Place, New Bedford
    • Oscar Romero, New Bedford
    • Rock Harbor Village Apartments, Orleans
    • Schoolhouse Green Housing, Teaticket
    • Temple Landing Apartments, New Bedford
    • The Lofts at Wamsutta, New Bedford
    • Wamsutta Apartments, New Bedford
    • Whalers Cove Assisted Living, New Bedford
    • Woods Hole Apartments, Woods Hole

St. Polycarp Village (2 & 3)

  • Address: 480 Mystic Avenue & 7 Memorial Road, Somerville, MA 02145
  • Size (kW): 22 & 72
  • Panels: 83 & 276
  • Year installed: 2016
  • Housing units served: 68
  • Beneficiaries:
    • Cross Street Apartments, Somerville

Quaboag Regional Middle High School

  • Address: 284 Old West Brookfield Road, Warren, MA 01083
  • Size (kW): 110
  • Panels: 525
  • Year installed: 2011

North Village Apartments

  • Address: 8 Village Way, Webster, MA 01570
  • Size (kW): 156
  • Panels: 763
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Housing units served: 132

Warren Elementary School

  • Address: 51 Schoolhouse Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585
  • Size (kW): 107
  • Panels: 525
  • Year installed: 2011

West Brookfield Elementary School

  • Address: 89 North Main Street, West Brookfield, MA 01585
  • Size (kW): 110
  • Panels: 510
  • Year installed: 2011

Influencing Policy

We believe that successful policy emerges from real-world practice and we are committed to use our experience to shape effective policies that serve low-income communities. For example, through our solar work, we recognized that solar incentive programs were focused on rooftop solar systems, primarily for homeowners who could take advantage of federal income tax incentives. This leaves out households who do not have a federal income tax liability and those, such as tenants, who cannot put solar on their own roofs; both groups are disproportionately low-income residents.  In response, we created a pilot community solar project that eliminates complex tax and financing requirements and provides savings for low-income households who could not otherwise access solar power.   

In 2021, we celebrated years of clean energy advocacy when Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a landmark climate bill. The new law, which is based on our pilot, removes barriers to affordable solar energy for low-income households and invites people of all incomes to be part of the solution.

We advocate tirelessly for policies that both solve the energy problems facing low-income households and help spawn new green markets. Our community solar pilot and our advocacy work around the Massachusetts climate bill establishes a model that we are sharing with our CDFI peers and low-income solar advocates around the country and elements of our pilot have been included in pending federal climate legislation.

What drives us? Our steadfast belief that the communities we serve not only stand to benefit the most but have the potential to lead every community toward a more sustainable future.

Consulting

We build on our expertise in solar power to bring the benefits of sustainability to affordable housing and nonprofit facilities by:

  • Investing in green technologies like WegoWise utility tracking software for multi-tenant buildings
  • Exploring healthier and more cost-effective building materials
  • Developing pilots for emerging new energy markets like electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid battery storage

The goal is better buildings—cheaper to operate, easier to manage, healthier to live in and a source of pride for the people who live in and around them.

Our clean energy impact

27,160

Solar panels installed in Massachusetts

7

Megawatts of solar capacity across 58 affordable housing developments and community facilities

8.2M

Kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year, enough to power 1,093 homes

$12.6M

In savings to customers over the life of the solar panels

4,012

Tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduced annually, equal to taking 1,273 cars off the road

25%

Cut in the properties' carbon emissions from electricity

Meet our expert

DeWitt Jones

President, BlueHub Energy and BlueHub Managed Assets | Executive Vice President, BlueHub Capital Clean Energy | BlueHub Energy

DeWitt (Dick) leads BlueHub Energy, which brings the benefits and cost savings of clean energy to affordable housing and community facilities.

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