With a flip of the switch, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod this week converted all the electricity needs of its headquarters to green renewable energy supplied by solar.
APCC was awarded a $60,000 TernSOLAR challenge grant last year from the Tern Foundation for installation of solar panels at the nonprofit environmental organization’s Dennis offices. Through donations provided by APCC members, the required match of funds to the grant was met and the installation has been completed.
The installation includes high-efficiency photovoltaic panels on a portion of APCC’s office building and on a small detached utility building. The panels are accompanied by a backup battery storage system. The panels will provide enough clean energy to supply the full electricity demand for APCC’s office, which is located on Route 6A in the village of Dennis.
The TernSOLAR challenge grant offers organizations the opportunity to install solar panels while also leveraging matching donations toward related eco-conscious sustainability initiatives. The raised matching funds will support 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 very excited about our ability to now rely on clean solar power for our electric energy needs,” said Gottlieb. “We strongly believe it is important as the Cape’s region-wide environmental advocacy organization to lead by example and to take positive action in addressing our global climate crisis.”
To encourage more conversions to solar energy use, APCC has partnered on a renewable energy incentive program with Sunpower by E2 Solar, the Cape Cod-based business 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 very grateful to the Tern Foundation for providing the means for our organization to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. We will use this opportunity to educate and encourage Cape Cod homeowners and businesses to do the same,” said Gottlieb. “We invite anyone interested in seeing the rooftop solar panels and battery installation to call us and we will be happy to give you a tour.”
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.