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 Solarize Mass program is currently open to the following communities: Bolton, Medfield, Natick, Somerville, Upton and the partnerships of Shelburne-Colrain-Conway and 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:

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?

The 2016 Solarize Mass round is closed to new applications.  Please sign up for our Solar email list to learn when applications will again be accepted.

Currently, the individual communities of Bolton, Medfield, Natick, Somerville, Upton and the partnerships of Shelburne-Colrain-Conway and Windsor-Cummington-Goshen-Worthington have been selected to participate in the 2016 Solarize Mass program.  

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

Program Background

Now in its sixth year, Solarize Mass, a partnership between MassCEC and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), has led to more than 2,700 residents and business owners in 51 cities and towns across the Commonwealth signing contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems.

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 comptitively 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. Over 2,700 residents and business owners in the 51 communities signed contracts resulting in 17 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. For a full list of communities who have participated in the Solarize Mass program and additional program analysis, please see program results below. To learn more about the current Solarize Mass program, go to the Solarize Mass main page. 

 

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 2015 are provided below to assist communities and other interested parties in considering different strategies for implementing a Solarize or similiar 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 - 2015)
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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