Dorchester Coalition Celebrates Completion of Solar Access Campaign

Elnora, Dorchester resident and solar participant, speaks at the Sun for All Celebration in Codman Square Park.

Elnora, Dorchester resident and solar participant, speaks at the Sun for All Celebration in Codman Square Park.

September 16, 2017

BOSTON— Resonant Energy hosted the Sun For All Celebration in Codman Square on Saturday September 16th with Social Saturdays, marking the close of the first low-income accessible solar campaign in Dorchester. Four months ago, Resonant Energy launched Codman Square Goes Solar in partnership with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Second Church in Dorchester, Co-op Power, Epiphany School, the Dorchester YMCA, and the Codman Square Neighborhood Council. By the end of the summer, the campaign signed up 35 households a 5 nonprofits to install rooftop solar systems. Using Resonant Energy’s new solar hosting model, this campaign was the first of its kind to include households and nonprofits regardless of income or credit history.

“It was great to be part of a group that just kept pressing our way and believing that our community deserves the same access to clean and affordable energy as any other community,” said keynote speaker Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, the Minister of Ecological Justice at Bethel A.M.E. “I’m excited not just because of what we’ve done in the past year but because of how this is growing.”

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Local Coalition Launches Codman Square Goes Solar

March 18, 2017

DORCHESTER, MA - On Saturday, March 18, members of Second Church in Dorchester and other community leaders gathered to launch Codman Square Goes Solar, an initiative focused on expanding access to solar to low-moderate income homeowners. The initiative includes coalition members such as Second Church in Dorchester, Codman Square Neighborhood Council, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Community Improvement Association, Resonant Energy, and the Boston Metro East Community Energy Co-op.

As part of the 2016 Boston Interfaith Community Solar Project, Second Church in Dorchester recently installed a solar array on their historic church building. Alphonse Knight, a longtime member of the church and Chair of the Board of Co-op Power, remarked, “We have have been working for over five years to bring good green jobs to our neighborhoods here in Dorchester, and at the same time offer clean energy programs that save people money. The Codman Square Goes Solar Initiative has the potential to be our most significant project to date.”

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