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Installer Resources - Air-Source Heat Pumps
MassCEC provides incentives for the installation of air-source heat pump (ASHP) heating systems at residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities. This page provides resources for ASHP installers (and VRF designers) about the process of applying for residential, small-scale, and commercial-scale awards.
- A residential ASHP project is any project at a single residential unit.
- A small-scale ASHP project has a heating capacity of up to 240,000 BTU/hr or up to 20 single-head units.
- A commercial-scale ASHP project has a heating capacity over 240,000 BTU/hr or more than 20 single-head units.
- A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) project is always considered commercial scale for the purposes of MassCEC programs.
Residential and Small-Scale Installer Resources
- Program Manual: Contains information on how to apply, technical requirements, mandatory certifications, and grant structure. Installers must read this document before participating in the program.
- Primary Installer Agreement: Must be submitted with proof of training once by each Primary Installer in order to participate in the Program. See sample proof of training.
APPLICATION PORTAL RESOURCES
- LINK TO APPLICATION PORTAL - HERE
HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
- Customer Tip Sheet: Resource for your customer on how to get the most out of their new heat pump.
- Program One-Pager: Resource for you to communicate to customers on how they may apply for rebate & whether they are eligible for any rebate adders. UPDATED JANUARY 2018.
- Residential ASHP projects database: Resource for demonstrating impact of MassCEC incentive program. *CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED*
- NEEP's sizing and selection guidance: Best practices for sizing and selecting air-source heat pumps.
- NEEP's installation guidance: Best practices for installing cold-climate air-source heat pumps.
- Qualified Products List: Resource detailing eligibile equipment and corresponding rebate values. *This list does not include VRF equipment.
Commercial-Scale Designer/Installer Resources
- Program Manual: Contains information on how to apply, technical requirements, mandatory certifications, and grant structure. Designers and installers must read this document before participating in the program.
- Primary Designer/Installer Agreement: Must be submitted once by each Primary Designer (for VRF) and Primary Installer (for both VRF and Mini-Splits) in order to participate in the Program.
- VRF Application Form: Must be submitted with supporting documentation, as described Program Manual. Designers/installers are encouraged to complete the form on behalf of system owners.
- Mini-Splits Application Form: Must be submitted with supporting documentation, as described in Program Manual.
- Project Narrative: Supplements the Application Form. Not required for projects installing less than 240,000 BTU/hr of heating capacity.
- System Owner’s Agreement: Must be signed by the System Owner for each Project.
HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
- VRF Program Fact Sheet
- VRF Database: Searchable database of AHRI specification sheets. (Small-scale VRF units are listed in AHRI’s mini-split directory.)
- Commercial Mini-Split Program Fact Sheet
- Mini-Split Program Qualified Products List
Code of Conduct
All installers who participate in MassCEC's rebate programs are bound by MassCEC's Code of Conduct.
MassCEC’s program requirements are intended to ensure high-quality project designs and installations. We recommend double-checking the following to make sure the system meets program requirements and to minimize the delays associated with these common installation and application errors.
How to Avoid Common Installation Errors:
- Ensure the outdoor condenser is mounted securely and sits above the snow line.
- Ensure the outdoor rated wire is not a Type NM-B cable. NEC Article 334.12(B)(4) prohibits the use of NM cable in wet locations, and Article 300.9 defines the interior of an outdoor raceway as a wet location.
- Ensure the indoor and outdoor units power wire connection meets Article 110.14 in the MA Amendments of the NEC which states, “Connection by means of wire binding screws or studs and nuts having upturned lugs or equivalent shall be permitted or 10 AWG or smaller solid conductors. Where stranded conductors are terminated on and not looped through such terminals, the terminals shall be identified for such use, or the strands at the terminals shall be made solid.”
- Ensure the ampacity of the circuit breaker connection follows the ASHP manufacturer's requirements.
- Ensure that the refrigerant charge is correct based on the line set length and that the line set is purged, pressure tested, and evacuated per the manufacturer's instructions.
Feel free to email us at ASHP@masscec.com or call 617-315-9357. Please note that applications submitted after October 31, 2017 will be directed to resubmit through the online Application Portal.