BASEA Masthead



“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”


Thursday, Jan 14th, 2016



What Does Paris Mean To You?

Big news from Paris. The largest assemblage of heads of state opened the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which surpassed expectations to deliver the historic Paris Agreement ("L'accord de Paris") to globally reduce climate change and sent a signal to investors that the closing of the fossil fuel era has begun.

What was it like to be there, to witness history? Paris, so horribly stricken, received a lift in spirit from the promise of this agreement, negotiated and adopted by consensus in France's greatest city.

Quinton Zondervan was there, our January 14th BASEA Forum speaker, and will tell us what it was like and what the U.S. agreed to.

Zondervan sees carbon pricing, at the federal and state level, embodied in our nation's transition to the renewable energy economy envisioned in the accord. Locally, he will relate how the U.S. Congress's multi-year extension of the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is reinvigorating a successful solar deployment program in Cambridge.

Join us at the Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum for a personal view of the global Paris Agreement from local climate activist Quinton Zondervan.


Quinton Zondervan is an entrepreneur, non-profit leader and dedicated community activist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In December 2015, as part of a delegation from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), Quinton served as an official observer to the COP21 climate talks in Paris.

Two of his letters advocating for carbon pricing were published in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Quinton cofounded and serves as the President and board chair of the Climate Action Business Association, Inc. and as President of Green Cambridge. He was a leader of the Net Zero buildings emissions zoning petition in Cambridge in 2013, and served the City Manager appointed year-long Getting to Net Zero Task Force, which produced a 25 year action plan, adopted by the City Council, for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the city to zero as quickly as possible. Quinton is an active member of MIT Alumni for Climate Action Leadership. He currently works as a software consultant, and is the VP of Technology at internet start-up company eCare Vault, Inc. Quinton holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and two bachelor's degrees in the fields of mathematics and computer science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Quinton lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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.

Please Join Us! Donations, membership and support BASEA.

Climate Ride - NYC-DC 2014



Please visit and support:

Somerville Community Growing Center
22 Vinal Avenue
Somerville,MA 02143


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