Imagine the benefits that would accrue from a solar array that covers the roof of a grocery store or a big box retailer! Reducing energy use and choosing renewable energy don’t just help the environment, they can lower overhead. For example, Konditor Meister, a local bakery that has covered its roof and carport with solar panels, expects to save $13,000 a year in electricity costs.
Quincy CAN seeks ideas for how we can best work with the local business community. Here are some ideas we’ve been talking about:
- QCAN Green business certification – Under this proposed program, we would work with businesses to set up a program to identify businesses that use energy wisely, providing media publicity, a directory, and attractive door stickers that would attract customers who “vote with their dollars.”
- Business forum – At these events, businesses would share green energy best practices and success stories. Businesses of all sizes could create a community of support and shared experience.
- Green week – Following in the footsteps of restaurant week, this week-long event would offer special publicity for QCAN-certified businesses; it would be a natural counterpart to Cleaner Greener Quincy, or a related citywide event.
- Solar Saturday – Each October, this program allows the public to tour homes fitted with solar panels in many communities, including Quincy. Potential exists to incorporate tours of businesses as well.
Quincy’s potential participation in Solarize Mass would allow Quincy residents and businesses to install solar power at a below-market rates. This is just one of many programs offering incentives and attractive financing to businesses that install solar power, and make other investments in energy-efficiency and/or renewable energy.
Do Well by Doing Good
Gain visibility for your business and support QCAN’s mission by sponsoring an energy-efficiency event, donating environmentally-friendly materials for one of our projects, or donating energy-friendly items to be given away at our upcoming outreach activities. Contact QCAN at info@QuincyCAN.org to partner with us.
We invite local businesses to get involved. Help QCAN plan our work with businesses.