Mass Solar Connect increases the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems for members of participating Massachusetts-based non-profit groups through an outreach and education campaign coupled with competitive pricing.
In order to participate in Mass Solar Connect, residents must own property in Massachusetts and be a member of the participating non-profit group. All systems must be installed in Massachusetts.
MassCEC has announced the selection of three non-profit groups and two online installer bidding platforms to participate in the 2017 Mass Solar Connect program. Mass Solar Connect offers members of selected non-profits competitive pricing for solar PV systems. Members will be able to gain access to an online marketplace where they can request proposals from a pre-selected group of installers.
Building on the success of the Solarize Mass program, Mass Solar Connect launched in late 2014 and partnered with non-profit groups to increase education and outreach about solar electricity, while also reducing the cost for group members to go solar.
In 2015, MassCEC partnered with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy), wrapping up the program in late 2015 with 261 signed contracts and 1.9 megawatts of contracted solar capacity. This is enough to offset over 1,700 metric tons in annual carbon emissions and is equivalent to taking 361 cars off the road. Please see the 2015 Mass Solar Connect Pilot Overview for more information and lessons learned about the 2015 program.
Currently MassCEC has launched the 2017 Mass Solar Connect program. As part of the 2017 program, MassCEC has again partnered with Mass Energy, and also, Self Reliance and the Marion Institute to conduct an education and outreach campaign. MassCEC has also competitively procured vendors to host online installer bidding platforms. Members of the selected non-profit will have access to an online marketplace where they can learn about going solar, and request proposals from a pre-selected group of installers. As part of the 2017 program, Mass Energy has partnered with the online installer bidding platform EnergySage, and Self Reliance and the Marion Institute have partnered with the online installer bidding platform Pick My Solar.
It is expected that combining focused education and outreach with a platform to that provides competitive proposals will lead to reduced pricing for members of the non-profit and increased adoption of solar electric systems.