Story by Sara Carbone, CollectiveSun Content Marketing Manager
On January 26th CollectiveSun hosted the first webinar in our new Nonprofit Solar Spotlight series – Faith In Action: Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Celebrate One Year of Solar Energy, The webinar focused on Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton Center, MA, and their decision to go solar in 2019.
During the webinar Matt Brennan, Vice President of Sales at CollectiveSun, interviewed Michael Rubin, past President and head of Shaarei Tefillah’s Solar Committee. After a brief description from Matt about what CollectiveSun offers, Michael and Matt discussed the year and a half process that the congregation went through to build a rooftop solar system. This included the environmental and financial motivators and best practices for stepping through the decision making process.
We are a small organization, and we were able to execute on a $160,000 solar panel installation on a shoestring and get great benefits as a result. We cover about 90% of our projected electricity needs per year. So it’s been a tremendous experience for us.
The webinar included a detailed discussion of the funding options and why Shaarei Tefillah’s project ended up being profitable for both the congregation and the lenders. Matt and Michael examined the breakdown of the synagogue’s monthly energy and solar generation as well as the solar committee’s vendor selection process, which included digging into insights about how contractors can make that process effective and fruitful. They also looked at due diligence regarding the funding solutions and what it was like to work with CollectiveSun.
The webinar included a brief introduction about the work of the Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) by Rabbi Katy Allen, their Co-Founder & President. She described JCAN’s commitment to mobilizing communities, such as synagogues like Shaarei Tefillah, to execute bold climate campaigns through activism, education, and organization.
Thank you to Michael Rubin and Rabbi Katy Allen for participating in this webinar with CollectiveSun.