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Sunny Days Ahead for Solar Power in Massachusetts

Sunny Days Ahead for Solar Power  in Massachusetts
Even amidst the coronavirus shutdowns, solar power continues to shine. In fact, for many systems recent days have been among the top-producing days in the past several years, with long days, cool temperatures, wind, and full sun. Solar installations in Massachusetts have soared over the past few years as the state has implemented a variety of incentives to expand the deployment of these clean energy generation units. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) launched the first Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) program in January 2010 with a capacity target of 400 MW. That program, now referred to as SREC-1,

Q: Can a Mortgage Holder Qualify for Brownfields Tax Credits?

Q: Can a Mortgage Holder Qualify for Brownfields Tax Credits?
A: A sale where the seller “holds the paper” – in other words, sells the property to a buyer for no money down or a small deposit, with the balance of the selling price converted to a mortgage on the site is a common occurrence in the real estate industry, particularly with a contaminated property. This type of sale may be the best option when the site has known contamination that prevents a buyer from obtaining traditional bank financing, as many lenders shy away from extending loans on contaminated properties prior to receiving a Permanent Solution (colloquially known as a

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020
Today, Wednesday April 22nd 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day 2020 has a lot of people rethinking their relationship with our environment. Maybe this year you looked longingly at the outdoors while working from home, or watching small kids that normally would be in daycare or school, or found yourself without employment as a direct result of COVID19. Perhaps you were completely unable to leave your house at all because of the new coronavirus. Before we know it we all will be back outside to enjoy the fresh air! Cooperstown is continuing to clean the planet

Masks for Essential Employees

Masks for Essential Employees
Cooperstown employees are masked up to protect themselves, our clients and the community when they are performing necessary work at client sites. Eric is wearing a disposable #mask here, but you will mostly see us wearing a homemade cloth mask (thank you to LSP Lauren Konetzny for her sewing skills!) as we strive to let the disposable masks be used by the medical professionals who need them most right now.

Brownfields Tax Credit Regulations Proposed by MassDOR

Brownfields Tax Credit Regulations Proposed by MassDOR
On March 9, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) released a “Working Draft Regulation: 830 CMR 63.38Q.1: Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit” for public comment. Cooperstown Environmental LLC staff have thoroughly read through the proposed guidance and have summarized some of our observations here for our clients and colleagues. Comments are due back to DOR by April 3, 2020. Many people will be surprised that the Brownfields Tax Credit program has operated since its inception in 1998 without a formal regulation in place. Instead, the DOR has operated on guidance and documents in the form of eight Technical Information Releases
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