Solar installation and home energy company Next Step Living is running multiple campaigns tapering down over the holiday season to both do good and reduce the cost of solar in Massachusetts. For instance, it created the Waltham Solar Challenge to help speed adoption of solar power on homes in the city. As part of the challenge, the company will donate $150 each to Downtown Waltham Partnership and Watch CDC for each system installed by Christmas.
The Downtown Waltham Partnership is an organization dedicated to improving the city’s commercial district. Watch CDC is a community development corporation that develops and promotes affordable housing, while providing adult education and leadership development in the Waltham community.
The company has been keeping busy. In addition to the Waltham Solar Challenge and the ongoing Renew Boston Solarize campaign, the company recently partnered with the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club to install energy efficiency measures on homes throughout the state.
The Solarize campaign in Boston, which launched Aug. 26, is part of Menino’s Greenovate Boston program. Under that program, the city aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. However, Bostonians wishing to participate in the Solarize campaign need to hurry up. The mayor’s office last week reminded its residents that the deadline for participating in the program is Nov. 30. “Through the Renew Boston Solarize program, residents can lock in lower energy costs, create new clean energy jobs right here in Boston and help us continue to ‘greenovate’ our city,” Menino said. Solarize campaigns allow homeowners in a community to save on solar by sharing in cost-savings that are achieved by purchasing PV system components on a larger scale.
Next Step Living has already signed contracts with 60 Boston residents, under which it will install a combined 302 kilowatts arrays. In all, the campaign hopes to see 150 homeowners sign up for solar through the campaign. The mayor’s office also said that more than 700 homeowners have received solar assessments through the program.
Across Boston, more than 400 residential solar installations have been installed. “My team is dedicated to reaching even more residents to see if going solar is right for them,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said.
Next Step Living is a Massachusetts-based solar installer and also offers energy efficiency services, including HVAC and insulation. The latter half is what it partnered with The Sierra Club to do earlier this month. Under that partnership, the two organizations will seek to educate Sierra Club members about the benefits of energy efficiency. The company said it already helped 50,000 Massachusetts residents reduce their energy use.
“This is an opportunity for our members and supporters to apply their passion for the environment directly to their living space,” said Ryan Black, chapter director of the Massachusetts Sierra Club. “The opportunity to reduce their personal contribution to global warming while enhancing the comfort of their homes will be very attractive to the Sierra Club community.”