Massachusetts Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Massachusetts Rebates and Incentives Summary

MassachusettsResidents of Massachusetts are offered a wealth of options for funding the installation of a solar energy system in their homes. State lawmakers have taken an interest in ensuring that renewable energy is, and will remain, a lucrative and ever-growing source of both energy and revenue. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center uses funds that are collected from all electricity ratepayers in the state to finance grants and rebates for individuals and companies interested in installing renewable energy systems. The goal is to expand the role of renewable energy sources in meeting residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal energy needs.

Compensation for taxes for residential systems includes a state personal income tax credit up to $1000, state sales tax exemption on the purchase of any solar, wind or geothermal equipment, as well as local property tax exemption. Statewide organizations and utility companies offer rebates and incentives to offset the cost of a new photovoltaic system.

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Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Patent Income Tax Deduction (Corporate)

Massachusetts offers a corporate income tax deduction for (1) any income -- including royalty income -- received from the sale or lease of a U.S. patent deemed beneficial for energy conservation or alternative energy development by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and (2) any income received from the sale or lease of personal or real property or materials manufactured in Massachusetts and subject to the approved patent. The deduction is effective for up to five years from the date of issuance of the U.S. patent or the date of approval by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, whichever expires

Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Patent Income Tax Deduction (Personal)

Massachusetts offers a personal income tax deduction for (1) any income -- including royalty income -- received from the sale or lease of a U.S. patent deemed beneficial for energy conservation or alternative energy development by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and (2) any income received from the sale or lease of personal or real property or materials manufactured in Massachusetts and subject to the approved patent. The deduction is effective for up to five years from the date of issuance of the U.S. patent or the date of approval by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, whichever expires

Building Energy Code

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.

The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards has authority to promulgate the Massachusetts State Building Code (MSBC). The energy provisions in the MSBC were developed by the Board's Energy Advisory Committee. The state's 351 cities and towns enforce the code. Only a building code board of appeals, consisting of specified technical members, may grant a

Cape Light Compact- Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Cape Light Compact (CLC) offers a variety of financial incentives to customers for purchasing energy efficient residential equipment. Residential customers can take advantage of incentives on weatherization measures, solar water heaters, central AC systems, heat pumps, oil and propane heating equipment, refrigerators, freezers, and other home appliances. Installation of a central AC systems and heat pumps must be performed by a pre-approved contractor, who will provide the rebate form. Instant rebates for certain appliances are also available at participating retailers.

CLC also offers home energy assessments, which include free energy efficient light bulbs, free air sealing, and 75% of the

Chicopee Electric Light - Residential Solar Rebate Program

Chicopee Electric Light offers rebates to residential customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. Customer rebates are $0.50 per watt for a maximum of $2,500 per installation.

Customers are required to follow Chicopee Electric Light's Distributed Generation Policy and should refer to the solar rebate application for additional requirements.

Chicopee Electric Light Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Chicopee Electric Light Department (CELD) offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates for its residential customers. CELD provides rebates for heat pump water heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and heat pumps. Customers may access the application form on the program web site.  Review the program website for more information on program requirements and terms.

 

 

Commercial Solar Hot Water Rebate Program

Beginning in August 2011, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will provide grants* for feasibility studies of commercial solar hot water systems through the Commercial Solar Hot Water Program. This program is open to residential buildings with five or more units, as well as commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities that will require nine or more collectors. Smaller projects should apply under the Residential and Small-Scale Solar Hot Water Program.

Commercial Solar Hot Water rebates are available to electricity customers served by the following Massachusetts investor-owned electric utilities: Unitil, National Grid, and Eversource. In addition, customers of certain municipal

Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program

NOTE: This program opened its most recent round of funding on March 13, 2017. Applications may be submitted until August 21, 2017. 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources are currently offering rebates through the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program. This program assists eligible Massachusetts residents with the cost of replacing non-EPA certified wood-fired stoves with EPA-certified, low-emission woodstoves, pellet stoves, and fireplace inserts. Old stoves must be permanently removed from service and rendered inoperable. The stove professional is charged with the coordination of stove disposal and recycling and

Concord Municipal Light Plant - Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Program

Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are designed to offset the customer's electrical needs. Systems must be owned by the customer or leased under a leased agreement approved by Concord Light's legal counsel. Systems must be located at the customer's premise. Customers should complete the solar application and sign the terms and conditions. In addition, customers must submit a copy of the installation contract, and CMLP interconnection application. Furthermore, customers must allow CMLP access to the property and system for a rebate verification inspection.

Energy Efficiency Fund

Massachusetts's 1997 electric utility restructuring legislation created separate public benefits funds to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency for all customer classes. Both funds were significantly revised by legislation enacted in July 2008 (The Green Communities Act, S.B. 2768). The 2008 Green Communities Act directs the electric and gas program administrators to “first acquire all available energy efficiency that is cost effective or less than the cost of supply."

The energy efficiency fund is authorized to support energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management (DSM) programs and low-income energy programs. It is funded by several sources: a non-bypassable surcharge of

Energy Reduction Plan for State Buildings

In April 2007, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 484, titled “Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings.” This order establishes numerous energy targets and mandates for state government buildings under control of the executive office. These include the following:

  • Overall energy consumption at state-owned and state-leased buildings should be reduced by 20% by FY 2012 and 35% by FY 2020. Such reductions shall be based on a FY 2004 baseline and measured on a BTU per square foot basis.
  • Reduce state government unadjusted greenhouse gas emissions from the 2002 baseline by 25% by 2012, 40% by 2020,

Excise Tax Deduction for Solar or Wind Powered Systems

In Massachusetts, businesses may deduct from net income, for state excise tax purposes, expenditures paid or incurred from the installation of any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby," including labor expenditures. The installation must be located in Massachusetts and used exclusively in the business or trade of the business. Certain criteria must be met, see the Massachusetts Department of Revenue guidance for more information.

Furthermore, a system or unit that qualifies for this deduction will not be taxed under the tangible

Excise Tax Exemption for Solar or Wind Powered Systems

Massachusetts law exempts any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby," that qualifies for the state's excise tax deduction for these systems from the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. The exemption is in effect for the length of the system's depreciation period. 

Note: For information about what constitutes the corporate excise tax, please visit the official Massachusetts website.

Green Communities Grant Program

Note: The Green Communities Grant Program is not currently accepting applications. The application deadline to receive a Green Communities designation was November 21, 2016. For designated communities, the grant application period closed February 10, 2017.

In 2008, Massachusetts enacted the Green Communities Act (S.B. 2768), creating the Green Communities Division within the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to support Massachusetts communities efforts towards a sustainable future, specifically in terms of energy use. 

The Green Communities Division offers educational, technical, and networking support to the states' communities. In addition, they provide financial incentives. The Green Communities Grant Program offers

Green Power Purchasing Commitment

In April 2007, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 484, titled “Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings.” This order establishes numerous energy targets and mandates for state government buildings under control of the executive office. The order directed state government agencies to procure 15% of annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2012 and 30% by 2020. This mandate may be achieved through procurement of renewable energy supply, purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), and/or through the production of on-site renewable power. Only renewable sources that qualify for the Massachusetts renewable portfolio standard are eligible.

Holyoke Gas & Electric - Commercial Energy Conservation Loan Program

Holyoke Gas & Electric's Commercial Energy Conservation Program offers zero interest loans to its commercial customers who are making energy efficiency improvements to facilities. The applicant must obtain cost estimates from contractors before turning in the application. The payback period of the loan is flexible depending on the amount of assistance requested, but cannot exceed five years. Monthly payments are included on the customer's electric bill. All assistance requests greater than $5,000 require approval by the Holyoke Gas & Electric Commission.

Eligible measures include (but are not limited to): lighting improvements; installation or upgrading of gas fired boilers, furnaces, conversion

Holyoke Gas & Electric - Residential Energy Conservation Loan Program

The Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) Residential Energy Conservation Program provides residential customers with loans to help make energy saving improvements to eligible homes. The loan provides 0% interest assistance, is repayable over up to five years, and is charged to the customer's monthly HG&E bill. Single-family homes are eligible for a maximum of $5,000, and owner-occupied multi-family dwellings with four or fewer units can receive a maximum of $10,000 (maximum of $5,000 per unit). Solar installations are eligible for loans up to $10,000. Solar assistance is available in addition to energy efficiency assistance, but the total maximum loan amount

Hudson Light & Power - Photovoltaic Incentive Program

Hudson Light & Power Department, the municipal utility for the Town of Hudson, offers a limited number of solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers.  Panels oriented between 170° and 220° (Range 1) receive $1.00/watt, and panels oriented between >220° and 300° (Range 2) receive $1.25/watt. Range 2 systems are intended to reduce late afternoon summer system peak demand. 

The maximum incentive for residential Range 1 systems is $5,000 per installation per 12-month period, and $10,000 for commercial Range 1 systems. The maximum incentive for residential Range 2 systems is $6,000 per installation per 12-month period, and

Interconnection Standards

Massachusetts' interconnection standards apply to all forms of distributed generation (DG), including renewables, and to all customers of the state's three investor-owned utilities (Unitil, Eversource, and National Grid).

Massachusetts requires investor-owned utilities to have standard interconnection tariffs. There are three basic paths for interconnection in the state:

  • The Simplified interconnection process applies to IEE 1547.1-certified, inverter-based facilities with: 
  1. A power rating of 15 kW or less for single-phase systems located on a radial distribution circuit, 
  2. A power rating of 25 kW or less for three-phase systems located on a radial distribution circuit (where the facility capacity is less than 15% of

Local Option - Commercial PACE Financing

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has released initial guidelines for using PACE with FHA-secured single or multifamily

Local Option - Energy Revolving Loan Fund

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has released initial guidelines for using PACE with FHA-secured single or multifamily properties.

Mansfield Municipal Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Mansfield Municipal Electric Department encourages energy efficiency through the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Incentive Program. Cash rebates are offered for ENERGY STAR central air conditioners, refrigerators, clothes washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, dryers, and window air conditioners. 

The offer is limited to a total of $150 worth of ENERGY STAR appliance rebates per customer account for appliances purchased in the same calendar year. Interested customers should view the program website and select appliance rebate brochure.

Marblehead Municipal Light Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Marblehead Municipal Light Department encourages conservation within the residential sector through the Home Energy Loss Prevention Service (HELPS). Equipment eligibility and additional program requirements can be found in the rebate guide located on the program web site. Rebates and discounts are also available for certain vehicles. Customers can also receive tax credits for certain renewable and energy efficiency measures. Contact Marblehead Municipal Light Department for more details on this program.

 

Mass Save (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Mass Save organizes residential energy conservation services for programs administered by Massachusetts electric companies, gas companies, and municipal aggregators. Rebates for various energy efficiency improvements are offered through Mass Save to residential customers of Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. 

Rebate applications are available online for appliance and heating/cooling system rebates. Mass Save offers discounted prices through its online store for shower fixtures, CFL/LED lighting and fixtures, and advanced powerstrips. Lighting discounts can also be obtained in-store at participating retailers. Equipment must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 to be eligible for

Mass Save (Gas) - Residential Rebate Program

Gas Networks organizes residential conservation services for programs administered by Massachusetts gas companies. These gas providers include Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, The Berkshire Gas Company, Blackstone Gas, National Grid Gas, Eversource, Unitil Gas, and Liberty Utilities.  The programs are available to all customers which have homes that buy natural gas from one of Mass Save's member companies. Customers must notify their Mass Save program administrator technical representative to begin the pre-approval process.

Mass Save - HEAT Loan Program

Residential customers of Cape Light Compact, National Grid, Eversource, Unitil, and municipal electric customers served by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts or Liberty Utilities may be eligible for zero-interest financing to help increase the energy efficiency of their homes homes through the Mass Save HEAT Loan Program. This financing is available to all residential customers who own and reside in a one to four family residence, obtain a Home Energy Assessment through the Mass Save Program, and install the recommended energy efficiency improvements.

The loans are available up to $25,000 (depending on utility) with terms up to seven years.  Energy efficiency improvements eligible

Mass Solar Loan Program

Massachusetts offers fixed low-interest loans to residents purchasing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. One purpose of this program is to provide more opportunity for residents to own solar PV systems, rather than enter into third-party ownership arrangements. This program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, with oversight from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The program is funded by alternative compliance payments paid to comply with the state's renewable portfolio standard.

Eligibility Requirements

Loans are available to Massachusetts residents purchasing a solar PV system or a share in a behind-the-meter community shared solar system. Third-party owned projects are

Model As-of Right Zoning Ordinance or Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Solar Energy Facilities

Note: This model ordinance was designed to provide guidance to local governments seeking to develop siting rules for large-scale, ground-mounted solar (250 kW and above). While it was developed as part of a cooperative effort involving several state agencies, the model itself has no legal or regulatory authority.

As part of the Green Communities Act (passed in 2008), the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) developed an “as-of-right siting,”* model ordinance guiding the development of large-scale solar, which is defined as 250 kilowatts (kW) or more.

The model “as-of-right” siting must

Model As-of Right Zoning Ordinance or Bylaw: Allowing Use of Wind Energy Facilities

Note: This model ordinance was designed to provide guidance to local governments seeking to develop their own siting rules for wind turbines. While it was developed as part of a cooperative effort involving several state agencies, the model itself has no legal or regulatory authority. 

In 2007, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) issued a model ordinance or by-law that may be modified and adopted, as necessary, by local governments that want to promote wind-energy development. In 2009, DOER and EOEA amended the model ordinance to cover both small and

MuniHELPS - Offered by 17 Utilities through the MMWEC

The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) provides the Home Energy Loss Prevention Services (HELPS) Program to eighteen municipal utilities in Massachusetts. 

HELPS offers a home energy audit, appliance and lighting rebates, air conditioner and heat pump rebates, and other incentives for the implementation of measures recommended in an audit. Participating utilities customize the suite of rebates provided to customers in order to help those customers implement measures recommended in the energy audit. In addition, HELPS offers utilities the opportunity to offer rebates for installing solar photovoltaic systems.

The following municipalities offer HELPS rebates: Ashburnham, Boylston, Chicopee, Groton, Holyoke, Hull,

Net Metering

Eligibility and Availability

In Massachusetts, the state's investor-owned utilities are required to offer net metering. Municipal utilities are not obligated to offer net metering, but they may do so voluntarily. (There are no electric cooperatives in Massachusetts.) 

Massachusetts has three categories of net metering facilities:

  • Class I Facilities: any type of generating systems up to 60 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. 
  • Class II Facilities: systems greater than 60 kW and up to 1 megawatt (MW) in capacity that generate electricity from agricultural products, solar energy, or wind energy. 
  • Class III Facilities: systems greater than 1 MW and up to 2 MW

Reading Municipal Light Department - Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) offers energy efficiency incentives to eligible commercial and industrial customers. Rebates of up to $50,000 are available to customers who wish to reduce energy consumption in their facilities. Incentive amounts are based upon project size and energy savings. RMLD also offers rebates of up to $50,000 for eligible renewable energy projects at these facilities. Eligible equipment upgrades include solar photovoltaics, wind, co-generation, HVAC equipment, manufacturing equipment, and commercial cooking equipment. 

Interested business customers must contact RMLD for pre-approval. RMLD will assist customers in attaining an application form, reviewing program plans, and ensuring proper installation. Contact

Reading Municipal Light Department - Residential Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) offers rebates to residential customers who install Energy Star appliances in eligible homes. The offer is limited to one rebate per appliance, or a maximum of two rebates for programmable thermostats. Rebates are subject to change with the availability of funding. For HVAC and water heating equipment, certain efficiency standards must be met to qualify for rebates.  More information and the rebate application form may be found on the program website.

 

 

Renewable Energy Equipment Sales Tax Exemption

Massachusetts law exempts from the state's sales tax "equipment directly relating to any solar, windpowered; or heat pump system, which is being utilized as a primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of heating or otherwise supplying the energy needs of an individual's principal residence in the commonwealth."

Massachusetts Tax Form ST-12 is available on the Massachusetts Department of Revenue web site. The form may be completed and presented to the vendor at the time of purchase.

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption

Massachusetts law provides that solar energy systems and wind energy systems used as a primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of heating or otherwise supplying the energy needs of taxable property are exempt from local property tax for a 20-year period.* Hydropower facilities are also exempt from local property tax for a 20-year period if a system owner enters into an agreement with the city or town to make a payment (in lieu of taxes) of at least 5% of its gross income in the preceding calendar year.

This incentive applies only to the value added to a

Renewable Energy Trust Fund

The renewable energy fund, known as the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund, is supported by a non-bypassable surcharge of $0.0005 per kilowatt-hour (0.5 mill/kWh), imposed on customers of all investor-owned electric utilities and competitive municipal utilities in Massachusetts. (Non-competitive municipal utilities generally may opt into the Fund by agreeing to the same provisions that apply to investor-owned utilities and competitive municipal utilities.) 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public research and development entity, administers the Fund with oversight and planning assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and an advisory board. The Fund does not have an expiration

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Massachusetts' 1997 electric-utility restructuring legislation created the framework for a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). In April 2002, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted RPS regulations. The RPS was significantly expanded by legislation enacted in July 2008 (Green Communities Act, S.B. 2768), which established two separate renewable standards -- a standard for “Class I” renewables, and a standard for “Class II” renewables -- as well as an Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

Class I Requirements (New Resources)

Under the Class I Renewable Portfolio Standard, all retail electricity suppliers must provide a minimum percentage of kilowatt-hour (kWh) sales to end-use

Residential & Small-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program

Massachusetts offers rebates for the installation of small-scale, high-efficiency, cold-climate air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) in residential, commercial, public, and non-profit buildings.

Project sites must be located in a utility territory that contributes to the Renewable Energy Trust Fund (National Grid, Eversource, Unitil, and municipal light plants that have agreed to pay into the fund). Alternatively, the project may be located in the territory of a municipal light plant that does not pay into the fund if the project will be replacing an existing (non-ASHP) electric heating system.

Rebate amount varies by type and size of project. Rebate amounts are as

Residential & Small-Scale Biomass Heating Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center offers rebates for installing small-scale central wood pellet heating systems in residential, commercial, public, and non-profit buildings.

Project sites must be located in a utility territory that contributes to the Renewable Energy Trust Fund (National Grid, Eversource, Unitil, and municipal light plants that have agreed to pay into the fund). Project sites must also be occupied year-round.

Rebates amounts vary by type of project. A thermal storage adder is also available for the lesser of 100% of thermal storage system installation costs or $2,000. Rebate amounts are as follows:

Residential: 40% of eligible project costs,

Residential & Small-Scale Ground-Source Heat Pump Program

Massachusetts offers rebates for the installation of new, small-scale high-efficiency ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) in residential, multi-family, commercial, institutional, and non-profit buildings. 

Project sites must be located in a utility territory that contributes to the Renewable Energy Trust Fund (National Grid, Eversource, Unitil, and municipal light plants that have agreed to pay into the fund). Project sites must also be occupied year-round.

Rebate amount varies by the size of the system(s) installed. Efficiency adders are available and are based on the system's Coefficient of Performance (COP). Adders based on income and customer type are also available. Rebate amounts and adders

Residential & Small-Scale Solar Hot Water Program

Eligibility

Since February 2011, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has provided rebates for the installation of residential and small commercial solar hot water systems through the Residential and Small-Scale Solar Hot Water Program. Rebates are available to electricity customers served by the following Massachusetts investor-owned electric utilities: Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light (Unitil), National Grid, and Eversource. In addition, customers of certain municipal lighting plants (MLPs) are eligible. Only residents that live in territories that contribute to the MassCEC Renewable Energy Trust Fund are eligible for the rebate. 

The system must be installed at a residential building with 1

Residential and Small-Scale Ground-Source Heat Pump Rebate Program

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center(MassCEC) provides rebates for the installation of small-scale ground-source heat pump (“GSHP”) systems, as part of MassCEC's Clean Heating & Cooling programs. Through the program, MassCEC supports new and retrofit ground-source heat pump installations by single-family, multifamily, and condominium residential customers, with incentive adders to low-income families and multifamily affordable housing applicants. Small-scale commercial, industrial, institutional, non- profit, and public projects with rated heating capacities up to 120,000 BTU/hr (or 10 “Heating Tons” or “Tons”) are also eligible to participate. Public entities, including instrumentalities, authorities, agencies, departments, or political subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well

Residential New Construction Program

In Massachusetts, home builders constructing new homes in territories of sponsoring utilities and energy efficiency service providers* can receive up to $7,000 in incentives for building a home more efficient than the typical Massachusetts home.

The incentives offered in the Massachusetts program vary depending on the tier level achieved and the type of housing. The incentives listed here are for single-family (detached or up to 4-attached units) homes. For the multi-family incentives, see the MassSave website.

There are two options for participation in the program: the prescriptive path and the performance path. The prescriptive path requires certain energy efficiency

Residential Renewable Energy Income Tax Credit

Massachusetts allows a 15% credit -- up to $1,000 -- against the state income tax for the net expenditure* of a renewable energy system (including installation costs) installed on an individual’s primary residence. If the credit amount is greater than a resident's income tax liability, the excess credit amount may be carried forward to the next succeeding year for up to three years. Eligible technologies include solar water and space heating, photovoltaics (PV), and wind energy systems. The original use of the system must begin with the taxpayer, and the system should “reasonably be expected to remain in operation for

Shrewsbury Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

In collaboration with EFI, Shrewsbury Electric offers rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances. Eligible products include washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, room air conditioners, air sealing, and smart thermostats. Customers will need to fill out an appliance mail-in rebate form that can be obtained at the Town Hall or on the Town of Shrewsbury web site. Information will be required including the customer's Electric Company account number, equipment brand with serial number, and a copy of the sales receipt. Contact Shrewsbury Electric for any additional information regarding this program.

Solar Easements & Rights Laws

Solar access provisions in Massachusetts allow for the creation of voluntary solar easements to protect solar exposure and authorizes zoning rules that prohibit unreasonable restrictions on solar access. Similar to solar easement provisions in many other states, solar easements in Massachusetts allow for the voluntary creation of solar access contracts, but do not make solar access an automatic right. In addition, the statutes allow for communities to authorize zoning boards to issue permits creating solar rights.

Massachusetts also prohibits restrictions on solar devices, voiding "any provision in an instrument relative to the ownership or use of real property which purports

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC-II)

Note: Massachusetts is in the process of implementing a new solar incentive program - the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program - to follow the SREC II program. 

Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires each regulated electricity supplier/provider serving retail customers in the state* to include in the electricity it sells 15% qualifying renewables by December 31, 2020. Legislation enacted in July 2008 (S.B. 2768) significantly expanded the RPS, establishing two separate renewable standards -- a standard for “Class I” renewables and a standard for “Class II” renewables. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) regulates the RPS and developed

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant - Residential and Non-Profit Weatherization Program

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) offers the 'House N Home' Thermal Rebate Program, which provides financial incentives to residential and non-profit customers for making buildings more energy efficient. Customers are eligible to receive 50% of the total cost of materials and labor, up to $500. Measures eligible for incentives include attic insulation, wall insulation, rim joist insulation, air-sealing measures, window treatments, and pipe/duct insulation. In order to participate, customers must allow TMLP to conduct a free energy audit and provide recommendations. Customers must have an active residential or non-profit electric account with TMLP for 6 months or greater, have a

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant - Residential Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

Residential customers of Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) are eligible for rebates on energy efficient appliances. Clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and room A/C units are eligible for these incentives, which range from $25 - $75. All equipment must be Energy Star certified to qualify. This offer is limited and subject to the availability of funding. View the rebate brochure for more information on procedures and equipment. Customers should send rebate forms to the address provided on the program website. Contact TMLP for more information on this offering.

 

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant - Residential PV Rebate Program

Customers of Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) may be eligible for a $1.50/watt rebate on solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, up to a maximum rebate of $4,500. The system must be installed on a single family dwelling residence and the customer must be the owner of the PV system and be current on his/her electric bill. This is a first-come, first-served program with a limited budget, so customers are encouraged to verify funding levels prior to making financial decisions.

Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department - Residential Conservation Services Program

The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department (WMGLD), offers the "Incentive Rebate Program" to encourage residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. After a home energy audit, if the customer decides to pursue any of the measures recommended, WMGLD will pay for 25% of the costs of installation and equipment, up to $300. Eligible upgrades include various forms of insulation, weather stripping, and window and door replacement. This incentive is available to the customer once every 12 months.

WMGLD also provides a separate program through which customers can receive rebates for the purchase and installation of energy

Wellesley Municipal Light Plant - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) offers a number of appliance rebates to residential customers who purchase and install energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and central air conditioning units. Only Energy Star qualified equipment is eligible for this program. Residential customers must be in good standing with WMLP, purchase qualified equipment, submit necessary paperwork, and follow all installation requirements in order to be eligible. Customers must provide a copy of the EnergyGuide label from the appliance with the Energy Star logo or a printout from the Energy Star website showing that