Welcome. Cape & Islands Self-Reliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, whose mission is to promote environmentally sound technologies and sustainable practices through education, advocacy and collective membership that provides tangible benefits.
Cape & Islands Self-Reliance was founded in 1980 to identify, facilitate and educate the public about sound environmental practices that help protect our ecosystem. By educating and empowering the consumer, Self-Reliance acts as a catalyst in implementing cost-saving, pollution-reducing opportunities for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. Self-Reliance’s community-supported buying cooperative was established over 20 years ago to place the purchasing power in the hands of the consumer by enabling citizens of Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts to buy necessary services at affordable group rates.
We invite you to learn more about us by using the links to the left.
Introduction to Solar - NEW DATE! Offered Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:30 - 11:30 am
This 3 hour course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of how to properly site a solar system, evaluate the customers’ needs for energy and to accurately put forth a presentation on system size and cost. This course builds the case for implementing energy conservation and efficiency prior to or in conjunction with the solar installation. The course covers net-metering, inverter technology, panel technology, racking types, choosing the best installer and ownership model, zoning issues and structural evaluation in different wind and snow loading areas. We will also cover how renewable energy fits into HERS and the new energy code.
Cost per participant: $30
MA Construction Supervisor License CEUs awarded: 3
[Code Review (0.5 hour), Energy (2 hours), Business Practices (0.5 hour)] Register here
Proudly making a difference in the following Cape Cod, Massachusetts towns and villages: Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Buzzards Bay, Centerville, Chatham, Cotuit,
Craigville Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marstons Mills, Mashpee, Orleans, Osterville, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet,
Woods Hole, Yarmouth, Yarmouthport
Oil Cooperative also serves the following southeastern Massachusetts towns and cities: Abington, Acushnet, Assonet, Avon, Berkley, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton
Brookline, Buzzards Bay, Canton, Carver, Cohasset, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dighton, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Foxboro, Freetown (Assonet)
Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Humarock, Kingston, Lakeville, Manomet, ,Mansfield, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Milton, Needham New Bedford, Newton, Norfolk, North Carver, North Dartmouth, North Dighton, North Easton, Norton, Norwell, Norwood, Onset, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph
Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Rockland, Sagamore, Sagamore Beach, Scituate, Seekonk, Sharon, Somerset, South Carver, South Dartmouth, South Easton, Squantum (Quincy), Stoughton, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Wareham, West Bridgewater, Westport, Westport Point, Westwood, Weymouth, White Horse Beach (Manomet), Whitman