Agricultural, commercial and residential outdoor hydronic heaters (OHH) (also known as outdoor wood boilers) can cause nuisance and health problems for abutters due to the emissions of harmful air pollutants from older and/or improperly operated systems. Phase 2, “White Tag” qualified, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) approved OHH systems eliminate many of the adverse health effects of earlier OHH systems. The definition of an outdoor hydronic heater for the purposes of this program is a fuel burning device:
MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have dedicated $150,000 to the Commonwealth Outdoor Hydronic Heater Change-Out Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”). The Pilot Program will distribute grants of up to $15,000, but not to exceed 100% of the equipment and installation costs, on a competitive basis. Applications must be received by 3pm on February 22, 2013. Click here to download a Program Manual and Application.
The Pilot Program will provide funding for the replacement of problematic and nuisance OHHs, based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
Eligible applicants include Commonwealth agricultural entities, commercial entities, and residents who demonstrate that they have explored all possible remedies, including increasing the stack height and setback distance to neighbors and potential retrofits to eliminate the existing nuisance conditions. Local Boards of Health are encouraged to identify potential candidates, and promote participation in the Pilot Program.
In order to be eligible for a Grant under the Pilot Program, the Applicant must pay into MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund. This includes all electric customers served by National Grid, NSTAR, Unitil (Fitchburg Gas and Electric), WMECO, or a participating Municipal Lighting Plant community (Ashburnham, Holden, Holyoke, Russell, and Templeton). Applicant will need to provide MassCEC with a copy of an electric bill for the Project Site at the time of application so that MassCEC can verify eligibility. The Pilot Program Grant can be combined with any other local, state, or federal incentives.
Applicants must demonstrate and confirm that the Replacement System:
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