BASEA Masthead



Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future




BASEA Forum Series

Join us on Thursday February 8th


Going Solar in Zimbabwe!


Sajed Kamal returns from launching a solar project 

Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) is proud to announce the return of Sajed Kamal from a solar project in Zimbabwe. Sajed has sown the seeds of solar development in several regions of the world, always with an eye toward future growth, involving local communities in the enterprise. We are happy to be associated with his impactful efforts and we offer our February Forum in his honor, to share stories from this great adventure. In his own words:

"Invited by Kuhlubuka Development Trust, an organization (growing out of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe) with a mission to combat climate change, create jobs and promote sustainable economic development, I went to Zimbabwe as a volunteer consultant to launch a pilot solar energy project to include educational presentations and workshops, train a KDT Solar Energy Team, and lay a foundation for the project's future expansion. Traveling deep into the rural heart of Zimbabwe, the team installed solar PV systems at a village hospital, a primary school, and four village homes. I also conducted a solar cooker demonstration/workshop and shared a delicious solar-cooked spiced rice dish with a group of villagers and project folks!


My hosts took me for sightseeing tours to mingle among some fellow creatures (from a safe distance), visit ruins turned national monuments (testifying to the country's glorious past) and stand under gigantic balancing rocks, the geophysical explanation of which remains a mystery."

Come to the February BASEA Forum for a visual tour of the lush, mountainous, fertile and expansive landscapes of Zimbabwe. Be inspired by what can be achieved-and how quickly-when a handful of people, distanced by geography and with limited resources, but united by a vision of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceable world for all, come together. Marvel at safe encounters with Leo the Lion, the hissing Black Mamba, curious baboons, munching giraffes, a friendly herd of zebras, and more! All ages welcome.


Sajed Kamal, EdD, author of "The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future", has been involved in the renewable energy field internationally for more than thirty years, setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, El Salvador and now, Zimbabwe. He has taught at universities including Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University and Antioch New England Graduate School, authored more than a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas. A long-time BASEA board member, in 2007 he was awarded Boston's first annual "Mayor's Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection", in 2008 a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2012 the "Rachel Carson Award" by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. "The Greener Issue" of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the "Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects-at home and far away-in making the world a better place."



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








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.




Questions:  (Please include “BASEA” in subject)








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.

Please spend some time thinking about this question, and send your suggestions in to us.


Also, if you are interested in working with this group, please let us know. Send comments or questions to

  • 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.

Please remember that your donations support BASEA.


BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

iseslogo.gif (1682 bytes)
The International Solar Energy Association