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CONCORD OFFERS the following environmental services and programs for businesses.

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Solar Power for Businesses

To find out about tax deductions, exemptions, credits, and other incentives for solar energy use by businesses in Massachusetts, see the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/library/includes/map2.cfm?CurrentPageID=1&State=...

Small Commercial Lighting

This program provided by the Concord Light Plant is aimed at helping small businesses make lighting upgrades that save energy and money. Eligible upgrades must have a payback of five years or less. For more details, contact concordlight@concordma.gov or call 978-318-3151.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rebates

Those interested in a solar option may qualify for rebates of up to $1,000 per kilowatt of installed capacity for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a payback to the Town of less than 10 years based on the Light Plant's estimated avoided capacity costs. Read More »

Solar Energy

Find out about solar energy and how you can use the sun to reduce your fuel bills and impact on the planet. See: http://www.eere.energy.gov/states/alternatives/resources_ma.cfm Also see: http://findsolar.com/index.php

Telecommute

For a primer on telecommuting, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting Read "The Ten Advantages of Telecommuting": http://www.gilgordon.com/telecommutesafe/telebenefits.html Read about telecommuting trends and how you can telecommute (and join the American Telecommuting Association for $10) at: http://www.yourata.com/index.html

Trade Shows

Instead of purchasing a new trade show booth try a re-usable trade show production service from companies such as SecondLife Exhibits http://www.secondlifeexhibits.com/

Tax Deduction: Solar or Wind-Powered Systems

"Businesses may deduct from net income, for state excise tax purposes, costs incurred from the installation of any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby." The installation must be located in Massachusetts and used exclusively in the trade or business of the corporation. A system or unit that qualifies for this deduction will not be taxed under the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. Read More »

Tax Exemption: Solar or Wind Powered Systems

"This statute exempts solar and wind energy systems that qualify for the Excise Tax Deduction for Solar or Wind Powered Systems from the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. The exemption is in effect for the length of the system's depreciation period" (DSIRE site).

Visit Tax Exemption for more information regarding this type of exemption.

Vinyl Alternatives

According to the EPA http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/vinylchl.html and other organizations http://www.vinylchloridefyi.com/vinyl_chloride_health_effects.html , Vinyl is one of the most toxic substances in widespread use today. Vinyl is typically the only substrate available for signs, banners, awnings and other marketing materials. There is now a non-toxic alternative called Eco-Flexx. Learn more at Eco-flexx.com.

Vegetarian Diet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, livestock farming contributes more to global warming than total worldwide transportation. To reduce your carbon/environmental footprint, consider reducing the meat in your diet, or becoming a vegetarian. For information about the benefits of being a vegetarian, and becoming a vegetarian gradually: http://vegetarian.lifetips.com/cat/62069/benefits-of-a-vegetarian-diet/

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