Hopkinton-Based Solect Energy Makes Multi-Year Funding Commitment to Local Nonprofit and Challenges Local Donors to do the Same

Live4Evan, a nonprofit organization founded in the memory of Hopkinton’s Evan Girardi launches five-year fundraising campaign to house more families seeking treatment for their child’s congenital heart defect in Boston. Their local board finds their first campaign donor in Hopkinton-based, Solect Energy.

HOPKINTON,  April 10, 2021 —- Live4Evan provides temporary housing in Boston, MA for families with children being treated for congenital heart disease at a nearby hospital. Due to the overwhelming need and extremely high occupancy rate, Live4Evan launched the Housing for Heart Heroes campaign in 2021. The Housing for Heart Heroes campaign is a five-year, $450,000 campaign to more than triple the number of units available to house families and end the waitlist for temporary housing for families coming to Boston to support their child’s treatment.

In April 2021, Hopkinton-based Ken Driscoll, CEO and Co-Founder of Solect Energy, stepped up and made a multi-year commitment to the campaign, while encouraging other local donors to do the same.

“Live4Evan harnesses all of the great energy of the Hopkinton-community and Solect Energy is proud to be a part of their efforts to support more families seeking treatment for their child’s congenital heart defect at Boston’s hospitals” Ken Driscoll said.  “We are so committed to their efforts, we will match any donation to Live4Evan’s Housing for Heart Heroes campaign from other Hopkinton-based donors up to $5,000 per year, totaling $25,000.”

Jack Nealon, a good friend of Evan Girardi’s from childhood and one of the Founders of Live4Evan says commitments like this from local companies are critical to the success of their ability to provide housing to more families. “We are so proud to partner with Ken, Jim, Craig and the rest of the Solect Energy team to issue the Solect Challenge to our community.  At any given time, there are as many as 40 families on the waitlist for housing while their child is being treated at a Boston-based hospital. The challenge grant from Solect Energy will go a long way to helping us reduce the number of families on that waitlist” says Jack Nealon, Executive Director at Live4Evan.


About Live4Evan

Live4Evan was founded in honor of Evan Girardi, who was born on October 4, 1989 with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Despite a difficult diagnosis and spending countless weeks and months at Boston Children’s Hospital, Evan lived his life to the fullest and gave everything he could to others in his life. In 2010, at the age of 20, Evan passed away from his heart condition. Rather than allow Evan’s passing to put an end to the life and legacy that Evan’s energy built, his friends and family formed Live4Evan to serve as a testament to the power of relationships and the importance of having loved ones by your side. Contact Jack Nealon at jack.nealon@live4evan.org or visit www.live4evan.org for more information.

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is one of the largest commercial solar developers in Massachusetts, and the tenth-largest in the country. The company helps commercial and industrial businesses, state governments, cities and towns, public and private schools, higher education institutions, and nonprofits in New England transform the way they manage and optimize energy. Solect’s services include financing, design, engineering, installation, operations and maintenance, and system monitoring. Products include rooftop, canopy and ground-mounted solar energy systems; and battery storage systems that provide electricity during power outages and help businesses save money when utility prices are at a premium.

The company has installed more than 120 MegaWatts of solar on more than 550 facilities, helping business owners improve their financial positions with solar. The company’s service business, which ensures optimal system performance, has a 99% renewal rate. Based in Hopkinton, Mass., Solect was founded in 2009 and employs 70 people. Visit www.solectenergy.com for more information.

Real Estate Owners Have More Options Than Ever Before for Solar Energy

Five Simple Guidelines for Making the Best Choice

The good news for property owners and real estate developers is that when it comes to solar energy, there are now more options and incentives than ever before. The challenge is that assessing these options and finding a solar partner who fits your unique requirements can be a bit daunting. To help you think about how to best approach your solar energy strategy we have outlined 5 simple guidelines to help you through the process.

Consider the Goldilocks Factor:

Essentially there are three size groups for solar energy systems, with some overlap. The smallest is residential and is typically less than 10kW, but often gets categorized under 25kW; next is commercial scale, that is typically within the 25-500kW range (but can be as large as 1000-2000kW), and is usually installed on the roof (or as a solar canopy) for commercial and industrial buildings; and lastly, utility scale projects are usually counted in several megawatts (MW) and are generally ground mount installations. Each category requires a different set of skills, knowledge and experience from your provider, so it is a good idea to look for a company that specializes in your type of project. For the vast majority of commercial real estate owners that would be a commercial scale provider.

Find the Best Financing Model for your Specific Business:

There are now a myriad of ways to finance and operate a solar energy system. They can range from a behind-the-meter system that is owned by the customer and provides on-site power which lowers or eliminates energy bills, to simply leasing your unused roof-space to a solar developer who will finance, build and operate the system and sell the power to the local utility. Amongst these options, there are certain advantages and disadvantages depending on the specifics of the site, the building, the on-site energy load and the nature of the business. A good solar partner will work with you to analyze your unique circumstances and business needs, and  present all the different investment options so that you can make the best choice for your specific goals.

Look for More than Just Electricity:

A good solar energy system delivers more than just electrons, it can also tell you a lot about your energy load; i.e., how much power you use, and when and where you are using it. Today many solar energy systems are paired with remote sensing monitors that can gather data and assemble it into a user friendly dashboard. This gives energy consumers transparency into how much their system produces, how much they are buying from the utility and where the major load centers are located. In turn, this gives building and/or business owners the insights required to identify utility billing discrepancies, energy efficiency investment opportunities and even the ability to bill tenants individually. Look for a provider who has experience with different energy monitoring data systems and who can also provide solutions to improve your overall energy profile.

Don’t Forget about O&M:

Although solar energy systems are very reliable, a good operations and maintenance (O&M) program will more than pay for itself by proactively monitoring the system and making sure it is continually operating at peak efficiency and maximizing your ROI. In addition, a good service provider will ensure that if issues arise, the system is fixed quickly with minimal disruption. Obviously for O&M, you want a local provider who has a track record in your community and can show you examples of other customers in your area where they are providing O&M services. Many solar providers only offer installation services, however if you have a system without an O&M plan, it’s advisable to look for a local solar company that can offer full O&M capabilities.

Think about Augmenting or Expanding your Existing System:

If you already have a solar energy system, you may still want to consider some other options that could further reduce costs, build resiliency and provide additional financial benefits. Energy storage is becoming an increasingly popular option for building owners as it can reduce expensive demand charges and also provide emergency power during power outages. There are many new incentives that make energy storage a very attractive investment option. You may also look to increase the value of your system by expanding it. An experienced commercial solar partner can help you look at your options for rooftop expansion, adding a ground mount system or even a solar canopy. Canopies are great options that provide additional benefits by offering protected parking and also receive added incentives in some states.

Whether you are just considering solar or looking for ways to enhance your existing system, there are many compelling opportunities.  A qualified, reputable solar partner will work with you to understand your business needs, develop a set of options and help you decide the best course of action. Make sure they have experience in the areas that are relevant to you, and feel free to check their references with existing customers. If you follow these guidelines, you should feel confident that you are making the best long-term decision for your business.


Original article published in NEREJ


The City of Medford, Massachusetts, has collaborated with Solect Energy and PowerOptions to install a 235-kW solar energy system on the roof of the city’s new DPW Building. The array consists of 588 solar panels, which are projected to produce approximately 300,000 kWh of energy annually. Medford anticipates the array will generate nearly 100% of the DPW’s annual demand for electricity, for a projected first year savings of $11,000.

“The city has been making strides toward our mission of fiscal and environmental stewardship,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We are pleased to make these investments in and commitments to our community and remain dedicated to expanding our goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.”

Medford was able to install the solar array with no up-front costs through the Solect Energy and PowerOptions Solar Program. Under the program, Solect Energy financed, installed and will service the roof-top solar array, while the DPW receives the power generated at a fixed price for a period of 20 years under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated with PowerOptions.

“At PowerOptions, our mission is to help communities save time and money on energy, so more resources can be directed toward serving the public,” said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia Arcate. “We applaud the City of Medford’s forward-thinking approach to energy and resiliency.”

Medford is committed to a region-wide effort towards a carbon neutrality goal by 2050, as part of the Boston Metro Mayors Coalition. As such, Medford has committed to reducing their carbon footprint and doing their part for climate change mitigation under the administration of Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. This leadership is supplemented by the City Council’s unanimous vote supporting the solar initiative last summer.

“Installing solar was always a part of the plan at the new DPW building, as it was constructed to be solar ready,” said Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment for the City of Medford. “Our partnership with PowerOptions was instrumental in executing projects and we are actively pursuing solar on other municipal buildings as well.”

In addition to the solar array, the new energy-efficient DPW building will be outfitted with an energy storage solution, and a fully functional micro-grid funded by a MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative Grant of $700,000. The City’s strategy is to harden the DPW and be resilient to increased potential of electric grid outages and provide continuous service in the event of an emergency.

“Solect commends the City of Medford for their renewable energy and resiliency initiatives,” said Matt Shortsleeve, Vice President of Development at Solect Energy. “We are proud to play a role in this project, and more broadly the City of Medford’s transition to clean and resilient operations.”

Solect Energy Awarded 10.4 MW Solar Services Contract from Greenwood Energy

Solect Seeing Rapid Growth of O&M Solar Services

Hopkinton, MA – June  13, 2017 – Solect Energy, Massachusetts’ leading developer and installer of commercial-scale solar energy systems, today announced a 10.4 megawatt (MW) solar services relationship with Greenwood Energy, a leading solar investor and developer. Under the agreement, Solect will manage and maintain seven of Greenwood Energy’s solar projects. With this relationship, Solect grows the number of projects under its Solar Service program to 365 sites totaling 75 MW. Solect continues to expand its services footprint beyond its installed base to additional customers seeking sophisticated, solar operations and maintenance (O&M) support.

Solect designed and installed three of these seven projects owned by Greenwood Energy.  With this deal, Solect will service four additional sites that are not a part of its installed base. The projects are a mix of ground- and roof-mounted arrays, in both rural and urban environments, and are all located in Massachusetts.

Solect has traditionally managed and maintained the solar arrays it designs and builds.  From its inception, Solect has made service a priority to ensure that customers received the full ROI on their solar investments.  In June 2016, the company announced its Solect Service program, making available its services expertise and its comprehensive suite of O&M offerings to any commercial-scale, solar installation in the New England area.

“We chose Solect because of their extensive experience and comprehensive approach to servicing solar projects,” said Bill Bushnell, Director of Engineering at Greenwood Energy. “Solect’s attention to detail, focus on high-quality customer service and responsiveness ensures that our systems will achieve their maximum performance.”

Under the terms of the deal, Solect Energy will be responsible for the following O&M services:

  • Solar Production Monitoring and Reporting
  • SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credit) Management
  • Net Metering Support
  • Scheduled & Corrective Maintenance
  • Vegetation Management

“We have collaborated on a number of projects with Greenwood Energy, a highly respected solar project developer and investor,” said Steve Bianchi, General Manager of Solect Services. “We are delighted to be chosen as their services partner for four additional sites in Massachusetts.  Solect’s service offerings are distinguished by substantial investments we have made in sophisticated technology, proven processes and in-house talent. Customers are noting the difference, and we are very pleased with both the installed base and out-of-base response to our Solar Service program.”


About Greenwood Energy

Greenwood Energy combines top-tier developers, financial professionals, and operational experts to create exceptional clean energy investment opportunities. We are currently focused on modern solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in the US and Panama. Our expertise includes project development, financing, construction management, and active asset management. With over 250 years of collective experience in renewable energy project finance, Greenwood Energy has built over 200 megawatts of renewable energy projects.

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 60 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit https://solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

Construction Manager

Solect is currently seeking a full-time Construction Manager to help lead, manage and build solar projects in the New England area. The ideal candidate will work well with the Solect organization including the Project Management team and Design and Regulatory teams. This person will be accountable for safety, quality, and on-time projects while delivering an excellent customer experience. He/She will be a driven, self-starter with a passion for the solar industry and the desire to propel a fast-growing Solar Development firm to regional prominence.  This is a hands-on position with expectations of several days per week being in the field. The position requires the ability to manage a large volume of projects while demonstrating excellent communication. The ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is a key to success in this role. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team and participate in the solar (PV) industry from the ground up.


Key Responsibilities

  • Manage several project managers, site supervisors, and material procurement.
  • Provide excellent customer experience.
  • Create a work environment that promotes collaboration and teamwork.
  • Ensure all administration is completed accurately and timely, including Salesforce updates, project plans, and various reporting and reconciliation.
  • Manage and share best practices for construction. Always looking for ways to improve on cost and quality.
  • Perform site visits to validate workmanship, meet with customers, and ensure quality, safety, and cleanliness.
  • Plan workload and assignments to achieve efficiency, predictability, and delighted customers.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Administrative- Proficient with Microsoft Office. Competent in using computers and navigating various software applications. Entering job-related information into Salesforce.
  • Communication Skills- Excellent written and verbal communication a must! Ability to move fast and communicate clearly with numerous parties during the course of the day, including customers and vendors.
  • NABCEP certifications
  • OSHA certifications
  • Construction Supervisor License
  • Minimum 3 years PV Solar experience including at least 2 years of managing people directly


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing relevant experience and qualifications, along with a resume to Frank Newhard, Sr. VP of Operations, at fnewhard@solect.com.

Site Supervisor

Solect is currently seeking a full-time Site Supervisor to help ensure quality, safety, efficiency, and great customer experiences. The ideal candidate will facilitate communication between field and office staff, manage the subcontractors, ensure site safety, adhere to project schedules, and work with the Project Manager to consistently deliver great customer experiences. He/She will be a driven, self-starter with a passion for the solar industry and the desire to propel a fast-growing Solar Development firm to regional prominence.  The position requires the ability to manage a large volume of projects while demonstrating excellent communication. The ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is a key to success in this role. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team and participate in the solar (PV) industry from the ground up.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure safety expectations are being carried out for every installation including training and inspecting.
  • Manage the subcontractors in accordance with the project plan.
  • Make sure sites are always clean and safe.
  • Communicate daily with Project managers, other office staff as needed, and with the customer.
  • Manage any change orders that may happen in the field.
  • Validate the final installation is 100% aligned to the design, the number of panels, the KW installed, the Asbuilt 1-line and the site plan.
  • Achieve consistent excellent customer satisfaction.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Administrative- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer programs. Will need to input data into salesforce
  • Must be able to climb ladders to get on roof tops for inspections and to talk with subs.
  • Communication skills- Must be able to communicate well verbally and in writing. Must be able to give feedback to subs when they are not meeting our standards.
  • 2 years working in Solar and at least 1 working in the field.
  • OSHA 10 certification required, OSHA 30 preferred
  • Valid driver’s license.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing relevant experience and qualifications, along with a resume to Frank Newhard, Sr. VP of Operations, at fnewhard@solect.com.

Sr. Project Manager

Solect is currently seeking a full-time Sr. Project Manager responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing resources and activities involved in the installation of commercial PV Solar Systems. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of commercial solar experience, superb customer service skills, strong technical and business acumen, and impeccable time-management skills which will enable success across multiple projects simultaneously. He/She will be a driven, self-starter with a passion for the solar industry and the desire to propel a fast-growing Solar Development firm to regional prominence.  The position requires the ability to manage a large volume of projects while demonstrating excellent communication. The ability to work independently in a fast paced environment is a key to success in this role. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team and participate in the solar (PV) industry from the ground up.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop detailed project plans
  • Ensure projects are completed within scheduled timeframes.
  • Manage customer communication and ensure excellent customer satisfaction.
  • Manage all aspects of the project schedule from kickoff to closeout.
  • Monitor processes, materials, safety, and job quality in order to detect or assess problems.
  • Provide timely project information necessary to meet internal process controls.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 4 years of commercial solar experience
  • Successfully managed multiple 500KW projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time-management skills.
  • Superb customer service skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships and work well with the entire Solect team.
  • Strong computer skills and detailed knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Pristine driving record
  • NABCEP Certification Preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing relevant experience and qualifications, along with a resume to Frank Newhard, Sr. VP of Operations, at fnewhard@solect.com



Solect is currently seeking a full-time Accountant to join our financial team. The Accountant will be responsible for performing general data collection and filing as well as specific functions to support the accounts payable, accounts receivable and project costing activities as needed. The position is “hands on” with exposure to many aspects of the dynamic and growing solar industry.


Key Responsibilities:

  • General
    • Perform analysis to assist management in answering questions and resolving problems
    • Provide administrative support maintaining orderly customer files and records
    • Provide administrative support to various business activities
    • Ensure information presented to finance complies with all company policies, procedures and mandated controls.
  • Accounts Payable
    • Prepare disbursement transactions for payment, enforcing policies, procedures and controls
    • Record and analyze employee spending and expense reports each month
    • Update and organize vendor files
    • Run all pre-check run reports for management review
    • Provide administrative support to each check run
    • Assist with closing activities
  • Accounts Receivable
    • Create/Update customer job estimates in financial system
    • Generate invoices for submittal to management and apply customer payments to open invoices; communicate customer payment discrepancies and invoicing and payment status to management, account teams and/or customers, as directed
    • Follow established procedures for processing receipts
    • Participate in collections activities
  • Other projects as assigned


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Strong organizational, planning, problem solving and prioritization skills with attention to detail a must
  • A positive, teamwork and customer service “can do” attitude
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with a sense of urgency as required
  • Adherence to confidentiality
  • Experience working in a dynamic, growth company and/or a project based company a plus
  • QuickBooks expertise a plus

 Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing relevant experience and qualifications, along with a resume to Michael Whatmough, Financial Controller, at mwhatmough@solect.com.