Solect Energy and PowerOptions Awarded Partnership of the Year

By Jackie Renzi

Nonprofits and public entities slated to save more than $50 million through projects under the PowerOptions Solar and Energy Storage Program with Solect Energy

Boston, MA, Nov. 19, 2021 – At the New England Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC) 13th Annual Green Tie Gala last night, Solect Energy and PowerOptions were awarded Partnership of the Year for helping nonprofits and public entities save money by powering their facilities with renewable energy.

“We are honored to be recognized by NECEC for a second year in a row, underscoring our shift to serving our Members’ clean energy needs. Solect has been an invaluable partner in that shift in which together we have developed more than 100 projects saving nonprofits and public entities over $50 million,” said Heather Takle, CEO of PowerOptions. “Saving members on their energy costs is core to our mission – and thanks to Solect’s partnership, we have done that while helping them achieve their sustainability goals. Given that so many of our Members are under-resourced and often serving disadvantaged communities, the partnership has been a real win on the road to energy justice.”

“Our program makes installing solar easy for local communities and opens up access to low-cost renewable energy across the state, including communities that may not be able to fund renewable energy upgrades otherwise,” said Ken Driscoll, CEO of Solect Energy.

“Our partnership extends to every city, town, state agency, school district, and institution we work with. We are working hard to provide access to low-cost, high-reward renewable energy with the best possible terms and conditions,” said Matt Shortsleeve, Vice President of Development with Solect Energy.

Each year the NECEC holds its Green Tie Gala to bring attention to the important work they do and honor others working in the clean energy space. Other awards this year include “Startup Supporter of the Year” and “Emerging Company of the Year.” 

PowerOptions, the largest energy-buying consortium in New England, is comprised of more than 450 members from nonprofit organizations and public entities, including some of the area’s most prestigious healthcare, higher education, and museums, as well as state agencies, cities, towns, and schools, across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Solect Energy, one of the top ten commercial solar developers in the U.S., has worked with PowerOptions since 2015. In 2020, PowerOptions recognized Solect Energy as the winner of its large-scale solar and energy storage program, enabling the solar company to offer solar photovoltaic solutions of any size to its members.

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About Solect Energy

Solect Energy of Hopkinton, Mass., is a leading commercial solar developer. Solect helps commercial and industrial businesses, state government, cities and towns, and nonprofits in New England transform the way they manage and optimize energy. The company’s services include solar financing, design, engineering, installation, operations and maintenance, 24/7 system monitoring, and utility bill monitoring. Products include rooftop, ground mounted and parking canopy solar energy systems, and solar energy storage systems. Projects employing energy storage technology can provide cost savings through demand charge management, and access income and incentives through utility and ISO market programs, and even the ability to island and provide resiliency to critical facilities. Solect was founded in 2009 and has 75 employees. For more information, please visit

About PowerOptions

Established in 1998, PowerOptions is New England’s largest consortium for energy and sustainability, helping nonprofits and the public sector achieve energy cost savings and environmental goals. With more than 450 members, we leverage our collective strength to negotiate extremely favorable energy supply and services. As a nonprofit, PowerOptions’ mission is to save our members time and money, and any nonprofit or public entity is eligible to join and benefit from programs for electricity & natural gas supply, solar & renewables, and electric transportation & sustainability planning. For more information, visit

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