Story by Sara Carbone, CollectiveSun Content Marketing Manager
What’s it like when a museum makes the leap to solar? Find out by watching our April 28th webinar, Art & Renewable Energy: How Museums Are Utilizing Solar Savings to Spread Creativity and Culture! The webinar featured San Diego based Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and their recent decision to go solar.
In our recent Nonprofit Solar Spotlight webinar MOPA’s Deputy Director, Vivienne Esrig, and CollectiveSun’s Vice President of Sales, Matt Brennan, discussed how to go solar with CollectiveSun at a discount, looked at the decision making process around a solar project and shared lessons learned throughout the process.
Matt kicked off the conversation with a description of how CollectiveSun helps nonprofits and tax exempt organizations take advantage of a 12% or more tax-like discount when installing a solar system. He laid out the Solar Power Agreement (SPA), our prepaid service contract that monetizes tax benefits for organizations that normally miss out on those benefits. Matt also discussed the various funding options available for the remaining 88%, should an organization need that.
Next Vivienne described what MOPA, a center for visual learning, does to forward visual literacy and critical thinking. She and Matt then walked through the process of making MOPA’s 177 kW solar installation a reality. Vivienne talked about steps the museum took to mitigate their impact on the environment before solar and what led up to the decision to add solar to their building. They both described considerations like being in a city building, cost, timing and savings around the project, and the search for funding with favorable terms.
Matt and Vivienne looked at the decision making process in detail, including how to address the concerns of the various stakeholders, assess bids, include equipment and contract considerations, and meet local and regional requirements. They also went into how CollectiveSun, when needed, can help function as a project manager from bidding and initial conversations to installation completion. The webinar wrapped up with a Q&A.
Thank you to Vivienne Esrig and the incredible team at MOPA for collaborating on this webinar with CollectiveSun.