Govt/NP - Biomass - Apply

How Do I Apply?

MassCEC has different application requirements depending on your system size. A non-profit or government facility installing a system with a heating capacity up to 120,000 BTU/hr should read the instructions for the Residential and Small-Scale Modern Wood Heating Program. A facility installing a system with a heating capacity over 120,000 BTU/hr should read the instructions for the Commercial-Scale Program.

If you are interested in installing a modern wood heating system at your facility, MassCEC recommends:

  • Visiting our Finding an Installer webpage, which includes a list of eligible designers and installers and questions to ask installers.
  • Soliciting proposals from at least three designers (and possibly installers).

Designers and installers should visit the Modern Wood Heating Installer Resources page.

Commercial-Scale Program:

Any entity installing a system with a heating capacity over 120,000 BTU/hr should first select a designer that can meet the requirements in the Commercial-Scale Program Manual. The system owner may select an installer at this time as well (which may be the same entity as the designer).

Once the designer has been selected:

  • The designer completes a preliminary technical analysis and system design that meets the program requirements and includes an eligible modern wood heating system.
  • The designer and system owner jointly apply for the award, and other financial incentives. The application must include: the Excel Application Form, Project Narrative, Participant’s Agreement (signed by the system owner), electric bill, load calculation, design documents, equipment test data, and relevant tax documentation. Multifamily Affordable Housing Adder Applicants must submit verification documentation described in the program manual. Please note:
    • Information on other modern wood heating incentives can be found on our Learn About Modern Wood Heating page.
    • The system owner must schedule an energy audit to take place with the next six months if you have not had an energy audit within the past four years.
    • MassCEC must approve the grant application before installation begins.
  • Once MassCEC issues an award letter, the designer and/or installer can complete the system installation. 
  • Two sets of project milestone deliverables are submitted. With the complete submission of each milestone, the grantee will receive a portion of the grant amount.  A Milestone Completion Form must be submitted with each milestone.
    • Milestone #1 (system design and equipment purchase), constituting 30% of the grant, should be submitted within 12 months of the award date for existing buildings and 24 months for new buildings.
    • Milestone #2 (construction and commissioning), constituting the remaining 70% of the grant, should be submitted within 24 months of the award date for existing buildings and 36 months for new buildings.

Please read the Commercial-Scale Program Manual for full details on program eligibility, requirements, and awards.

Small-Scale Program:

Any government or non-profit installing a system with a heating capacity up to 120,000 BTU/hr should first select an installer that can meet the requirements in the Small-Scale Modern Wood Heating Program Manual. The installer will submit the award application on behalf of the grantee. MassCEC maintains a list of installers who have previously participated in the program.

After selecting an installer, the installer should:

  • Complete the system design which includes an eligible modern wood heating system.
  • Apply for the award on your behalf and help you apply for other financial incentives.
    •  Information on additional modern wood heating incentives can be found on our Learn About Modern Wood Heating page.
    • The system owner must provide the installer with a signed copy of the and an electric bill, as well as other information about the project site.
    • The system owner must schedule an energy audit to take place with the next six months if you have not had an energy audit within the past four years.
    • MassCEC must approve the grant application before installation begins.
  • Once MassCEC issues an award letter, the installer may complete the system installation.
  • After the project is complete, the installer submits documentation verifying the project is complete.
    • MassCEC may schedule an inspection prior to payment to ensure installation quality.
    • Once complete, MassCEC will issue the award.
    • Payment will typically be issued within four weeks of the time the complete documentation is received.

Please read the Small-Scale Program Manual for full details on program requirements and awards. Installers looking to participate in the program or apply on behalf of system owners should visit the Installer Resources page.