HeatSmart Mass Residential: Program Background

Program Background

The HeatSmart Massachusetts Program Pilot is a partnership between MassCEC and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

How it works

HeatSmart Mass is a community-based outreach and education program that will encourage clean heating and cooling technologies that include air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, central biomass heating, and solar hot water. The Program aims to help 1) drive down the installation cost and 2) increase deployment of residential and small-scale commercial clean heating and cooling installations through a group purchasing model. HeatSmart Mass is modeled on the highly successful Solarize Massachusetts program, which is now in its seventh year and has served 58 communities and resulted in over 3,400 contracts and 20.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects.

Each participating community competitively selects designated installer(s) to offer one or more of the clean heating and cooling technologies to interested residents.

Communities interested in participating can learn more here.

Background on the HeatSmart Model

  • Last year's HeatSmart reference materials are listed below. Interested communities are encouraged to review last year's materials prior to applying to future rounds. (please note that these materials are for reference only)

HeatSmart Mass Community Marketing Proposals

Developing a marketing proposal prior to the launch of a community group purchasing campaign can provide a useful roadmap for communities, and may benefit program results. Since the pilot HeatSmart Mass Program is in its first year, it may be helpful to refer to the marketing plans for the communities that have done Solarize Mass campaign. All of these marketing plans and other resources are available under “Program Background” on the Solarize Mass webpage.

Active HeatSmart Pilot Communities:

Bolton and Harvard

Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln

Great Barrington


Background on the Solarize Model

The links below provide information on the Solarize Mass Model, results, and resources.