Association to Preserve Cape Cod Gets $60K to Go Solar

September 10, 2019 — The Association to Preserve Cape Cod, a Dennis nonprofit that works to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod, recently received a $60,000 challenge grant to help fund installation of solar panels at its headquarters.

Once the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) matches the grant from the Tern Foundation, funding will fully support the installation of high-efficiency photovoltaic panels on a portion of APCC’s office building and on a small detached utility building, along with a backup battery storage system, according to a report in Cape Cod Today.

The project reportedly supports APCC's goal toward a carbon-neutral operation.

“This program will be a key part of our effort to both take and encourage practical action to reduce carbon emissions,” APCC Executive Director Andrew Gottlieb was quoted in the story.

He added, “We are fully committed to being a strong regional voice for action in this growing climate crisis. And as an environmental advocacy organization, we believe it is important to lead by example.

“Our solar installation will significantly reduce APCC’s reliance on fossil fuels, and the battery storage system will increase our resiliency against climate impacts such as severe storms."

APCC also is reportedly partnering with Sunpower by E2 Solar, which is installing the panels, on a renewable energy incentive program. For every new customer who purchases and installs a solar array from E2 Solar and names APCC as the referring organization, the company will donate $500 to APCC, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Founded in 1968, APCC has evolved into an influential advocate for environmental policy related to water resource protection, land preservation, and smart growth.

Gottlieb joined APCC in 2017. Previously, he was executive director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative. Before that, he was chief of the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, where he coordinated the state's environmental, energy, housing and transportation policies, and earlier served 16 years with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Last year, the organization announced a new initiative, State of the Waters: Cape Cod, which will provide a regular report card on the quality of Cape's various water resources to help inform the public and policy makers.