I don’t know if Sierra College is an engineering school but if not, adding a solar certification program to their curriculum is a bold move. The school is in California and the government initiatives there have been notoriously bold themselves, demanding 1 million households use solar. Is California at a greater benefit for using solar because they have sunshine most of the year? Massachusetts often has cloudy streaks, does that mean that the ROI is longer. Even if it took 15-17 years instead of 8-10 that’s a tough call, but it would still create your own personal energy source.

Where are the solar panels in Massachusetts? I would like to see a website with a solar spotter that can give me an overview of the solar density in a given area. Then, someone else would come out the general renewable energy usage map and we could really see the areas where renewable thrives. Is your community or business using alternative energy? Where are you?