Center for EcoTechnology

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

In recent months the Williamstown COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee has teamed up with the local non-profit Center for EcoTechnology (CET) to launch a Community Shared Solar project called In My Backyard.

Community Shared Solar is an innovative approach that allows residents to have solar generated electricity even if they don’t have a good site – whether they own or rent. Solar electricity generated on a large roof or piece of land in Williamstown can be assigned to several households – as long as they are in the same electric utility distribution area. Plans are underway as a Community Solar task force has been formed, enthusiastic residents have attended informational meetings and more than 25 households have expressed strong interest in the project. Members of the task force are now evaluating potential sites for a community scale solar array in anticipation of breaking ground in 2015.

The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) and Williamstown COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee are seeking a qualified candidate for a summer internship to carry out a variety of activities that will support the launch of the Community Solar initiative.

Possible activities:

  • Work directly with staff and Task Force members to assist with outreach and education to Community Solar participants.
  • Work with staff in compiling information and writing case studies about other Community Shared Solar projects in Massachusetts and beyond.
  • Assist in compiling a Community Shared Solar toolkit to share information and materials with other municipal and community groups in Massachusetts interested in Community Solar in their communities.

To be supervised by Nancy Nylen, Associate Director.

REQUIREMENTS: CET seeks a creative and energetic student with interest and familiarity with issues surrounding grassroots organizing and outreach, energy use, renewable energy technologies, environmental planning and education. Strong research, writing and communication skills are required.

NOTE: This is an 8 to 10-week summer position based in Williamstown. Dates are negotiable, mid-June through mid-August. Send resume and cover letter to Nancy Nylen by email [email protected]

CET helps people carry out their daily activities with less environmental impact. We provide practical solutions that save energy, materials and money and have a positive impact on our environment, economy and community. We work with individuals, businesses, schools and towns on issues related to waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy. We are a 38-year-old non-profit organization with offices in Pittsfield, Northampton and Springfield, Massachusetts.