Learn About Biomass Heating

Biomass heating technologies use organic matter, such as wood or wood pellets, to produce heat for homes, businesses, and other buildings.

These specially-designed systems use this organic material much in the same way a traditional boiler or furnace uses oil, propane or natural gas. Biomass heating systems can often integrate into existing heating systems, and fulfill all of the heating needs of a home or business.

Biomass heating systems are versatile, and can be designed for homes and businesses of all sizes. Systems are typically fully-automated and require limited maintenance. Wood pellet delivery is available in most parts of the Commonwealth and can be designed to require only three deliveries per year.

Biomass heating systems allow home and business owners to reduce their dependence on costly and environmentally-damaging fossil fuels, instead using a renewable energy source to heat their home or business.

MassCEC provides grants and rebates to support the installation of biomass heating systems. Please see our Residential, Business, and Government/Non-Profit Clean Heating and Cooling websites for more details on how to apply for funding.

Economics & Incentives

Residential:

Residential project costs average $25,000, depending on the site and project type.  However, MassCEC, state, and federal incentives can significantly reduce these upfront costs, making a biomass heating system a sound investment.

Homeowners who install biomass heating systems may qualify for the following incentives:

Incentive

Amount

Expires

MassCEC Rebate

Up to $12,000 (or up to $16,500 for income-based grants)

June 2020

MassSave HEAT Loan

0% for 7 years;

up to $25,000

Ongoing

Alternative Energy Credits

TBD

n/a

 

 

Business

Businesses installing GSHPs at their properties may qualify for the following incentives:

Incentive

Amount

Expires

MassCEC Grant

Up to $250,000 for commercial-scale projects and $27,000 for small-scale projects

June 2020

Alternative Energy Credits

TBD

n/a

 

 

Government/Non-Profit

Government and non-profit entities installing GSHPs at their properties may qualify for the following incentives:

Incentive

Amount

Expires

MassCEC Grant

Up to $250,000 for commercial-scale projects and $27,000 for small-scale projects

June 2020

Alternative Energy Credits

TBD

n/a

 

 

Next Steps for Installing a Biomass Heating System

  1. Visit our residential, business or government/non-profit biomass program page for information on the application process.
  2. Visit the Finding an Installer page, which lists biomass installers and provides guidelines on how to evaluate them.

If you are a business, government, or non-profit entity and want to learn more about successful commercial-scale biomass heating projects in Massachusetts, then please visit the Massachusetts Forest Alliance website for an interactive map and downloadable case studies.