Ground-Source Heat Pumps (Business) - How Do I Apply?

How Do I Apply?

MassCEC has different application requirements depending on your system size. A business installing a system with a heating capacity over 120,000 BTU/hr should read the instructions for the Commercial-Scale Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Program. A business installing a system with a heating capacity up to 120,000 BTU/hr should read the instructions for the Small-Scale GSHP Program.

If you are interested in installing a GSHP system at your facility, MassCEC recommends:

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

Designers and installers should visit the GSHP Installer Resources page.

 

Commercial-Scale Program:

Any business 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. You may select an installer at this time as well (which may be the same entity as the designer).

Once the designer has been selected:

  1. The designer completes a preliminary technical analysis and system design that meets the program requirements.
  2. You and the designer jointly apply for the award and other financial incentives. The application must include: the Excel Application Form, Project Narrative, Participant’s Agreement (signed by you), electric bill, load calculation, GSHP modeling summary, heat pump rating certificates, and relevant tax documentation. Horizontal- and open-loop systems have additional application requirements, and requirements vary for retrofits of existing GSHP systems. Please note:
    • You must schedule an energy walk through to take place within the next six months if you have not had one within the past four years.
  3. Once MassCEC approves the grant application and issues an award letter, the designer and/or installer can complete the system installation. 
  4. Two sets of project milestone deliverables are submitted. With the complete submission of each milestone, you will receive a portion of the grant amount.  A Milestone Completion Form must be submitted with each milestone.

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

Small-Scale Program:

Any business installing a system with a heating capacity up to 120,000 BTU/hr should first select an installer who can meet the requirements in the Small-Scale GSHP Program Manual. The installer will submit the award application on your behalf.

After you have selected an installer, s/he should:

  1. Complete the system design.
  2. Apply for the award on your behalf and help you apply for other financial incentives.
    • You must provide the installer with a signed copy of the Small-Scale Participant’s Agreement and an electric bill, as well as other information about the project site.
    • You must schedule an energy audit to take place within the next six months if you have not had an energy audit within the past four years.
  3. Once MassCEC approves the grant application and issues an award letter, the installer may complete the system installation.
  4. 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.