Race To Solar

HEET helped First Parish, Arlington get solar installed in 2013

HEET helped First Parish, Arlington get solar installed in 2013

HEET offered the Race To Solar program in 2014.

We will announce if the program is offered again in the future.

 

HEET helped Cambridgeport Baptist go solar in 2013

HEET helped Cambridgeport Baptist go solar in 2013

Program Outline

Through the Race to Solar program, eligible non-profits could acquire a solar electric energy system for their school, house of worship, food pantry, community center, or other building they own.

A solar investor would own, repair, and insure the panels, selling the green electricity back to the non-profit at a rate typically lower than the organization paid to the utility company.

The Race to Solar aimed to help 40 nonprofits get solar installed, totaling 1 megawatt of clean, renewable energy in our communities. Through reducing the sales and marketing costs for the installer, HEET secured a great rate and contract with SunBug Solar.

To qualify for the program each non-profit:

Participated in Eversource’s Direct Install energy upgrade.
First, a no-cost energy evaluation was performed. Then the assessor created a report of the work to choose from.  The work was 70% rebated, while the remainder could be paid with a zero interest 12-month loan. The work lowered the non-profit’s electricity bill by 30% on average.

Persuaded 5 small local businesses to get a no-cost energy evaluation.
HEET provided assistance to sign up businesses to broaden the impact, helping others in the community become more sustainable both economically and environmentally.

Joined a free energy-tracking online site.
Tracking with wegowise helped participants quantify their savings and spot future problems with plumbing or heating systems.

 

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