5/6/14 10,000 SouthCoast Residents Take Energy Challenge

10,000 membership goal reached!

• 2,228 Metric Tons of CO2 prevented from contributing to climate change

• 3,078 Home Energy Assessments performed

• 800 Events attended

• 171 Solar Installations adding 1102.89 KWh of clean energy in the region

• 95 Future Leaders Trained

Over 10,000 SouthCoast residents are now taking the SouthCoast Energy Challenge and committing to reduce their energy consumption. The Energy Challenge is a region-wide energy efficiency campaign to mobilize 15% of SouthCoast households to take energy-savings actions. The actions they chose help them save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and support the local economy.

Engaging over 10,000 residents has been hard work! The Challenge has employed 95 student interns for the program and attended over 800 separate tabling events in 2013. They are currently hiring 30 part-time interns to help with summer outreach. Next weekend, they will be found at the Taste of the SouthCoast, Pet Fest, the Fairhaven Bicycle Rodeo, and “Wheely Fun Bike Day” in Fall River, just to name a few.

To date, the program estimates that the region-wide savings are upwards of $321,107 saved and has prevented 2,228 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This is the equivalent to removing 535 cars from the road, or a carbon offset of planting every square mile of Bristol and Plymouth County with trees. “The Town of Dartmouth has been an amazing partner, and supportive of the program since our conception.

“The town is committed to helping residents save money, and increase solar energy,” said Karen Stewart, Assistant Director of the Challenge. Dartmouth leads the friendly regional competition with over 2,230 people participating in the Energy Challenge. That success has lead to the Dartmouth Solar Challenge, a targeted solar campaign aimed to help increase the number of installs by 50 units this summer. For comparison, only 50 homes in MA had solar electricity back in 2007.

Currently, the program can count 171 total solar installs in the SouthCoast due to the nonprofit’s outreach and education. This means 1,102.89 kWh of clean energy being produced each year helping to improve the air quality of the region, once called “the tailpipe of America” by the American Lung Association. The Challenge has the advantage of a robust internship model, combined with incentives and rewards from public and private monies. The collaboration of government, educational institutions, nonprofits, and businesses has built a program that is proud to continue serving the SouthCoast.

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