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.
Most recently, 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. Mass Energy partnered with the installer Direct Energy under the program. Please see the 2015 Mass Solar Connect Pilot Overview for more information and lessons learned about the program.
Currently MassCEC is seeking proposals from interested member-based non-profit groups to participate in the 2016 Mass Solar Connect program. As part of the 2016 program, MassCEC will partner with one non-profit group to conduct an education and outreach campaign, and will also competitively select a vendor to host an online installer bidding platform. 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-qualified group of installers. It is expected that combining focused education and outreach with a platform to that provides competitive proposals will lead to reduced pricing for non-profit members and increased solar PV adoption.