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Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future


7:00 PM - Tuesday, April 19th, 2016



Free Screening!

Movie Night at Kendall Square Cinema:

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Catching the Sun!

(Area Premiere)

Don't miss this free screening of the most ambitious solar-power-centric movie yet!

From award-winning director and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya comes a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future.

"Solar power is a growing American success story. Yet just as solar is about to reach a tipping point, some utilities and other special interests are throwing obstacles in the way. Rather than moving into the 21st century, many utilities are fighting to protect outdated business models. Across the country, mayors, governors and others should set ambitious clean energy goals and commitments, offer new incentives, and promote new community solar programs. To make that happen, citizens need to voice their support for clean energy and demand clean energy access. Together, we can leave a cleaner, healthier world for future generations. The time for action is now."

( View the trailer for Catching the Sun at: )

In place of BASEA Forum, usually held on the second Thursday of the month, join us on Tuesday, April 19th for this free screening at the Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge. After the movie, join us at Flattop Johnny's for an informal discussion of the film.

Get tickets here:

Save the date and make sure you come to the Kendall on the 19th, as tickets are limited and we want to fill the theater.

For any questions in the meantime, please contact Mike Higgins by e-mail: higginsm[at]

Last week's New York City screening won a Critic's Pick. See the review here:

NY Times Critics' Pick: 'Catching the Sun' Profiles Solar Energy Entrepreneurs and Activists

Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox's ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood's next great director. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, Firelight Media Lab, New York Women in Film and Television, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Fellowship. Her debut feature, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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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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.

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The International Solar Energy Association