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Middle School Model Solar Car Race

Eastern Mass race will be

Saturday May 20th 2017

The Races were completed under a day of full sun

Many thanks to all of the parents and individuals who stepped in to volunenteer since many of our regulars could not be there.


Hope to see you next year!



Location: The Belmont High School running track

297 Concord Ave.

Belmont, MA 02478


Looking forward to Schools Participating:

Bancroft School (Worcester)

Belmont Day School (Belmont)

Chenery Middle School (Belmont)

Edwards Middle School (Charlestown) *

Galvin Middle School (Canton)

Fenn School (Concord)

Ferryway School (Malden)

Meadowbrook School (Weston)

Noble and Greenough School (Dedham)

Samoset Middle School (Leominster)

Others, let us know!

                                         * Harvard Science Outreach Program




Any questions, problems with links or forms, please email


Location:  Belmont High School Belmont Mass

Please note the earlier times!


Schedule- Please check back for changes:



9:00 to 10:00

Registration, Inspection &

Judging (continuing throughout)

9:00 to 9:45
Track setup & Practice track setup
10:00 to 11:45
Double Elimination(2) Rounds
11:45 to12:15
12:15 to 12:45 
Final Rounds


*Time and good weather is often limited so breaks may be eliminated.  We will have some refreshments but a bag lunch is advised.

Please Note:

1) We will be starting the same time as last year please review the schedule; a bag lunch is advised.

2) Registration and inspection will take place in the adjacent area outside the track itself; we are not allowed on the track until noon, which is when the track setup will take place.

3) Each school or program should send in their registration form by May 10th.

4) Each team should bring their team registration with them.



Boston Area Solar Energy Association
Forum: Thursday, May 11th, 2017      



Clean Energy Momentum:
Ranking State Progress

a new report from the
Union of Concerned Scientists


California is doing the best job transitioning its power sector away from fossil fuels to clean energy alternatives, followed by Vermont and Massachusetts, but a number of unexpected states also are leading the way, according to a just-released report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).


The UCS Clean Energy Momentum State Ranking uniquely examines each state's clean energy past, present and future and uses 12 easy-to-understand metrics to assess states. The metrics examine technical progress by assessing key trends in state deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency and electrification of vehicles. They also gauge progress in areas more directly visible in people's daily lives-job creation and pollution reduction-and state policies aimed at carrying clean energy momentum into the future.


Federal action to promote clean energy, unfortunately, is uncertain at best, just when we need to move as quickly as possible. So state leadership is now more important than ever.


Join us at the BASEA Forum, Thursday, May 11th, to find out why Massachusetts isn't number one, to learn how it compares to other states, and to hear insights and recommendations from the authors of the analysis.


 Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m


Paula Garcia, an energy analyst in the UCS Climate and Energy Program, evaluates energy resource and climate change mitigation options in the electricity sector and works to advance public understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies, and markets. She holds a master's degree in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and an industrial engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, where she is originally from.



John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at UCS with expertise in clean energy technologies and policies.  John joined UCS in 2006 after working for 15 years on private and public clean energy initiatives, including as co-founder of a leading developer of clean energy solutions for rural markets and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. He has appeared numerous times on radio, on television, and in publications ranging from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor to Fortune, Popular Mechanics, and Good Housekeeping. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.

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Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.




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One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations

Smart Building: High Performance Homes

Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer

AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter

Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule


Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Forum, the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, and the website.


Visit our Forum page, where you'll find our complete listing of past forum speakers, topics, and resources.

The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


BASEA Activities and Services

  • BASEA Forum - Renewable Energy Lecture Series
  • Junior Solar Sprint - Model solar car competition for middle school science students, organized and sponsored by BASEA in Eastern Massachusetts.


BASEA is looking for additional ways to help create a more sustainable energy future.

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  • BASEA is no longer a chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) but supports it's mission. Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.


BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

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BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

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