The Lowell Solar Challenge was developed by the Lowell Green Building Commission, the Lowell Community and Next Step Living™ to encourage homeowners to get a free evaluation of their roofs for solar panels, which generate clean power at a lower rate than utilities charge. 

The Lowell Green Building Commission's mission is to promote and advocate for green design, construction, and development practices in the city of Lowell through research, identification, and implementation of policies, programs, and education that will increase sustainability and reduce the environmental impacts of building activity.

What Solar Can Bring to Your Home

  • A solar system increases the resale value of your home by $20,000 for each $1,000 reduction in annual utility costs.
  • Homeowners recoup 97 percent of their investment in solar, versus 60 percent of an investment in kitchen remodeling.
  • By meeting about half of a typical household’s electrical demand, solar panels avoid carbon emissions equivalent to operating two fossil-fuel burning cars for almost 30 years.
  • You can buy or lease; finance on affordable terms; and/or claim large tax credits where applicable.