Race to Solar Will Help Non-Profits Go Solar


Solar panels on church roof

Race to Solar is a partnership with Renew Boston, NSTAR, National Grid, and Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) to promote energy efficiency upgrades and make solar power more affordable and accessible for non-profits, including houses of worship and schools, and small businesses that own their buildings.

Through the Race to Solar, organizations will be able to take advantage of a competitively priced option for installing solar power. To participate, non-profits and small businesses must own their buildings, have suitable site conditions for a solar installation, and be in good financial standing. The goal of Race to Solar is to promote and facilitate the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on the buildings of 40 local non-profit organizations, adding approximately 1 megawatt of clean, renewable electric power capacity to Boston and Cambridge. SunBug Solar was selected as the solar installer through a competitive RFP process and won based on their experience, quality of work, and attractive offer.

Participating non-profits and small businesses must engage in an energy evaluation and upgrade through NSTAR and National Grid’s Direct Install program, and help to promote the program to other businesses within their own networks. In this manner the Race to Solar helps not only non-profits, but also local businesses. Small businesses and energy efficiency are both strong drivers of local jobs, making the community more economically and environmentally sustainable.

“Race to Solar empowers non-profits to invest in solar energy systems, by first reducing their utility bills through an energy upgrade and helping small businesses to do the same.” according to Ashka Naik, Executive Director of HEET, "This is a win-win for the non-profit and their community."

Upcoming Meetings

The Race to Solar program is designed to help non-profits and their communities achieve energy savings and invest in clean renewable solar energy systems. To learn more about the Race to Solar and speak directly with program providers, please attend one of these upcoming technical workshops:

  • Thursday, May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 P. M.,Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain
  • Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 - 8:00 P. M., Carpenter’s Center, 750 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester

For More Information

For more information about the Race to Solar program, call 617/HEET-350 or visit www.racetosolar.org.