Community is important to us.
At Solect, we feel that part of our role as a business is to be part of the community that we work and live in. We have done this by donating complete solar systems, volunteering in our local communities, and sponsoring a number of charity events. In addition, we’re committed to building a culture of excellence through the development of our employees and creating a work environment that inspires innovation and teamwork.
Sponsoring Local Charities
Solect is a proud sponsor of the Melanoma
Foundation of New England (MFNE) and hosts their Running for Cover team each year before the Boston Marathon. As a solar development company, Solect understands how powerful the sun can be. We work with the MFNE to make sure the sun’s energy is being harnessed for good, and help to reduce the incidence of melanoma through education and advocacy.
Solect is also an active supporter of the ALS foundation, and was recently awarded the Angel Fund award for ALS Research in appreciation for the company’s continued support of the Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K race to cure ALS. In addition, Solect annually supports local foundations and organizations such as Live4Evan, Keep Smilin’ 4 Abbie, and NuPath, Inc.
Giving the Gift of Solar
One of Solect’s biggest community initiatives is the practice of donating complete systems to members of our community who we believe will benefit most from the systems and savings.
One of Solect’s first in-kind donations was an 11.75kW solar system to the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton in 2013. The Respite Center, which supports individuals with disabilities and their families, relies heavily on donations to serve its clients. The 50-panel system is expected to offset up to 30% of the center’s electricity costs each month, and is expected to save the Respite Center more than $2,500 in annual electricity costs. Solect has also committed to monitoring and maintaining the system for the Respite Center.
“The Respite Center is such an integral part of our community, and its staff and members do so much to support not only the Town of Hopkinton, but also the greater Boston community.”
– Ken Driscoll, Co-founder/CEO of Solect
One of our most memorable projects took us much further south than our home in Massachusetts. On September 13, 2014 a team from Solect traveled to Haiti to install a solar system atop the “B’ shaped Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. Because the costs of building and operating an orphanage are high, Solect and its partners donated the solar PV system to help the orphanage reduce it operating expenses, ensuring that more of the non-profit’s donations can be used to provide care for the children, instead of paying for lighting and HVAC.
In addition, Solect recently donated a 30kW system to the newly constructed Hopkinton Center for the Arts, which is estimated to save the organization nearly $10,000 in annual electricity costs. By helping these businesses and organizations save on power, we allow them to put that savings toward what matters most – their missions.