Sierra Club, EnergySage help businesses and non-profits reap the benefits of solar and other clean energy technologies

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Greentech Lead America:EnergySage, an online marketplace for Solar photovoltaic (PV) and other clean energy systems, has formed partnership with The Massachusetts Sierra Club to help businesses and non-profits learn about, select and obtain competitive bids for solar and other clean energy technologies.The EnergySage program, which is accessed through a Sierra Club portal, provides objective, comprehensive information on the operations and benefits of clean energy systems.

In addition, the EnergySage Marketplace provides an online comparison-shopping process that secures competitive quotes from pre-screened installers. EnergySage facilitates the choice of system, installer and financing option and accelerates the procurement process.

For properties lacking suitable structures for a solar installation, EnergySage provides the ability to evaluate and shop for a range of clean energy and high-efficiency technologies such as solar hot water, small wind turbines and ground source heat pumps for space heating and cooling.

The program focuses on businesses, municipalities, religious institutions and other not-for-profit organizations, though homeowners also have access to the same tools and information.

Benefits of solar photovoltaic systems include lower, more predictable energy costs that may generate annual investment returns exceeding 20 percent.

New and flexible financing options, for acquisition, including leasing, power-purchase agreements and loans can create immediate cost savings with little or no expenditure by the property-owner. Indirect benefits of these systems include positive impacts on employee morale, customer satisfaction, and enhanced community perceptions of the company.

“This joint effort gives our Sierra Club members an opportunity to inform businesses and other property-owners about an important, no-cost service. It can lead to financial savings while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions,” said Dan Proctor, chair of the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

“EnergySage’s resources provide the tools and guidance needed to research and compare clean-energy systems and the available financing options,” Proctor added. “By simplifying the comparison-shopping process, we believe that demand for clean energy will increase greatly.”

“Clean energy systems provide incredible financial benefits for businesses. By simplifying the research and shopping process, we are helping to accelerate their adoption within the business and non-profit community,” said Vikram Aggarwal, CEO of EnergySage.

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