For many residents, business owners, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts, installing a solar electric system is a smart investment that converts clean, free sunlight to electricity, reduces air pollution, reduces or eliminates monthly electricity bills, and contributes to the local economy by creating local jobs and supporting local businesses. 

Go to the MassCEC About Solar page to learn the basics of solar electricity, how to find an installer and how solar incentives work, then see if the below programs can help you add solar to your own home.

Available Programs:

Mass Solar Loan

Mass Solar Loan makes it easy for Massachusetts residents to obtain low-interest loans to fund the installation of solar electricity systems for their homes

Key Points
  • A low-interest, fixed-term loan for homeowners and residents
  • Additional loan support for income-qualified solar owners
Next Steps
  1. Visit the Mass Solar Loan Website
  2. Learn More about solar electricity
  3. Find a Particpating Lender or Installer

Solarize Massachusetts

Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) is a community-based education, outreach and group buying program that allows residents to band together to save money on solar electric systems. Since Solarize Mass launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 18,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,300 residents and business owners in the 66 communities signed contracts resulting in 22.3 megawatts of contracted capacity. In addition, the number of small-scale solar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program.

The Solarize Mass Plus program pairs the Solarize Mass model with an additional technology offering. This program was piloted in 2017 and participating communities opted for solar PV plus solar hot water and solar PV plus air source heat pumps, resulting in contracts for 37 complementary clean technology systems. Eligible technologies range from various Clean Heating and Cooling technologies, to Energy Efficiency or Electric Vehicles.

Key Points
  • Learn about the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity
  • Join with your neighbors and friends to get a lower cost proposal for a solar electric system
  • Save up to 20 percent on the statewide average for solar electricity 

 

Next Steps
  1. Learn More about solar electricity
  2. Find out if your city or town is currently participating in Solarize Mass
  3. If not, work with your community to apply to Solarize Mass

Mass Solar Connect

Mass Solar Connect increases the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems for members of participating Massachusetts-based non-profit groups through an outreach and education campaign coupled with competitive pricing and an online bidding platform.

Key Points
  • Learn about the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity
  • Join with your colleagues and group members to get a lower cost proposal for a solar electric system
  • Save on the statewide average for solar electricity 
Next Steps
  1. Learn More about solar electricity
  2. Find out if your non-profit is participating in Mass Solar Connect
  3. If your non-profit is participating in Solarize Mass, contact your non-profit to sign up or to volunteer

 

    Solar Access – Affordable Home Heating

    Solar Access is a program designed to help middle-income homeowners access affordable renewable energy. The non-profit Center for EcoTechnology guides homeowners through the installation of solar panels by SunBug Solar and the installation of heat pumps by Girard Heating and Air Conditioning with financing provided by UMass Five College Credit Union.

    Key Points
    • Solar panel ownership
    • An energy efficient heating and cooling system
    • An energy expert to guide you through the program
    Next Steps
    1. Learn more about the program
    2. Learn more about solar electricity  and heat pumps
    3. Find out if you can benefit here