The Association to Preserve Cape Cod was awarded a $60,000 TernSOLAR challenge grant from the Tern Foundation for installation of solar panels at the nonprofit environmental organization’s Dennis headquarters.
The TernSOLAR challenge grant offers organizations the opportunity to install solar panels while also leveraging matching donations toward related eco-conscious sustainability initiatives. Once matched, the TernSOLAR funding will fully support the installation of high-efficiency photovoltaic panels on a portion of APCC’s office building and on a small detached utility building, along with a backup battery storage system. The panels will provide enough clean energy to supply the full electricity demand for the property, which is located on Route 6A in the village of Dennis.
Matching funds raised will be earmarked to enable APCC’s development of an educational program that demonstrates the value of clean solar technology and promotes its adoption by Cape residents and businesses.
“This program will be a key part of our effort to both take and encourage practical action to reduce carbon emissions,” stated Andrew Gottlieb, APCC’s executive director.
The project is part of efforts by APCC to move toward a carbon-neutral operation.
“We are fully committed to being a strong regional voice for action in this growing climate crisis. And as an environmental advocacy organization, we believe it is important to lead by example,” stated Gottlieb. “Our solar installation will significantly reduce APCC’s reliance on fossil fuels, and the battery storage system will increase our resiliency against climate impacts such as severe storms,” he said.
The conversion to solar energy will take place before the end of 2019, and a campaign to raise the matching funds will be ongoing throughout the next four months.
To encourage more conversions to solar energy use, APCC has also partnered on a renewable energy incentive program with Sunpower by E2 Solar, the Cape Cod-based business that is contracted to do the installation at APCC. For every new customer who purchases and installs a solar array from E2 Solar and names APCC as the referring organization, the company will donate $500 to the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
“APCC is grateful to the Tern Foundation for providing the means for our organization to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and to use this opportunity to educate and encourage Cape Cod homeowners and businesses to do the same,” said Gottlieb.
Established in 1968, APCC is Cape Cod’s region-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy and education organization, working for the adoption of laws, policies and programs to protect and enhance Cape Cod’s natural resources and quality of life.
Tern Foundation’s TernSOLAR challenge grant program is designed to expand renewable energy use in Massachusetts communities, making solar technology more accessible to nonprofit organizations. Grants are offered to dynamic nonprofits that engage creatively with their communities, and that also consider future generations and the natural environment in their strategic priorities and sustainability planning.