Ground-Source Heat Pumps (Government/Non-Profit) - 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 over 120,000 BTU/hr should read the instructions for the Commercial-Scale Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Program. A facility 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.
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.
- 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 the system owner), electric bill, load calculation, 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 efficiency walk-through to take place within the next six months if you have not had one within the past four years
- Once MassCEC approves the grant application and 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, 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.
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 GSHP Program Manual. The installer will submit the award application on your behalf. MassCEC maintains a list of installers who have previously participated in the program.
After you've selected selecting an installer, the installer should:
- Complete the system design.
- Apply for the award on your behalf and help you apply for other financial incentives, which can be found on our Learn About GSHP page.
- 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 one within the past four years.
- Once MassCEC approves the grant application and 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.