HEET offered the Race To Solar program in 2014. We will announce if the program is offered again in the future.
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.