Solarize Mass

Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.

Who's Eligible?

The 2017 Solarize Mass program is currently accepting community applications. See the "How Do I Apply?" tab for more details.

The following communities are participating in the 2016 Solarize Mass program: Bolton, Medfield, Somerville, Upton and the partnership of Windsor-Cummington-Goshen-Worthington.  If you live in one of these communities, you can contact the respective community volunteer team via the below contact information until the below program deadline:

Solarize Mass Bolton: 

Solarize Mass Medfield: 

Solarize Mass Natick: 

Solarize Mass Shelburne-Colrain-Conway: 

Solarize Mass Somerville: 

Solarize Mass Upton: 

Solarize Mass Windsor-Cummington-Goshen-Worthington: 

 

Communities interested in participating in Solarize Mass must be serviced by a utility that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. 

Individuals interested in participating in the program must reside or own property located in a community that is running an active Solarize Mass program. 

How Do I Apply?

2017 Solarize Mass

MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2017 Solarize Mass program, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities. Of these ten communities, MassCEC and DOER may elect to select up to two (2) communities (or groups of communities) who have specifically applied to participate in the Solarize Mass Plus multiple-technology pilot.

Interested communities should review the community request for proposals , and submit a completed application to Solarize@MassCEC.com.Those with a clear and comprehensive outreach plan, a committed volunteer team, an engaged municipality and residents interested in participating are encouraged to submit proposals. 

MassCEC will be accepting applications from communities until program funds have been fully allocated. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 
2016 Solarize Mass

The 2016 Solarize Mass round is closed to new applications. 

Currently, the individual communities of Bolton, Medfield, Somerville, Upton and the partnership of Windsor-Cummington-Goshen-Worthington have active campaigns.  See the "Who's Eligible?" tab for community program deadlines.

Installers interested in applying to participate in a future Solarize Mass program should review the Installer Resources page

Program Background

Now in its seventh year, Solarize Mass is a partnership between MassCEC and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

How it works

The Solarize Mass program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers and reduced pricing that increases the savings for participants. 

Each participating community competitively selects a designated solar installation company. Homeowners and business owners who want to participate can either purchase the solar electricity systems directly or enter into a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) with the installer if offered. Under a lease or PPA, the installer will own, operate and maintain the system, while the home or business owner agrees to purchase the power generated by the system as a specific rate. 

Since Solarize Mass launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 15,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. To date, over 2,900 residents and business owners in 55 communities signed contracts resulting in 19 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.  Starting in 2016 the Solarize Mass program began accepting community applications on a rolling basis. In addition to the 55 communities with closed campaigns, noted above, currently there are 8 additional communities with active campaigns. See Solarize Mass Program Results (2011-2016) for information and up-to-date results. To learn more about the current Solarize Mass program, go to the Solarize Mass main page. As a part of the 2017 Solarize Mass program, MassCEC and Doer are piloting Solarize Mass Plus, a combination of the traditional Solarize Mass model, coupled with additional renewable or clean heating technology options.

 

Solarize Mass Results

 

Solarize Mass Resources

The below resources provide more information about developing and implementing a Solarize Mass or similar program.

 

Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals

Solarize Mass community marketing proposals from 2012 through 2016 are provided below to assist communities and other interested parties in considering different strategies for implementing a Solarize or similar solar adoption campaign. Developing a marketing proposal prior to the launch of a solar adoption campaign can provide a useful roadmap for communities, and may benefit program results.  

Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals (2012 - 2016)
2016 Bolton Medfield Natick Shelburne-Colrain-Conway

Somerville

Upton Windsor-Cummington-Goshen-Worthington      
2015 Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland Provincetown Quincy    
2013 Round 2 Adams Amherst Andover Great Barrington-Egremont Lexington-Bedford
Needham Salem-Swampscott Watertown Wellfleet Williamsburg-Whately-Chesterfield
2013 Round 1 Bourne Brookline Chelmsford-Carlisle Lee Medford
Medway Newton Northampton Williamstown

 

2012 Acton Arlington Boston Hopkinton

Melrose

Mendon Montague Newburyport Palmer

Shirley

Pittsfield-Lenox Millbury-Sutton Wayland-Lincoln-Sudbury    

 

 

 

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