MassCEC offers rebates to homeowners who install qualifying modern wood heating systems. This program is part of MassCEC’s Clean Heating and Cooling program, which supports technologies that provide customer cost-savings and environmental benefits while maintaining a high level of comfort and reliability.
Rebates are available for new or existing single-family homes and apartment/condomunium units. Project sites must receive electrical service from National Grid, Eversource, Unitil, or participating municipal lighting plant communities.
In the interest of increasing access to clean energy to all residents of Massachusetts, MassCEC offers additional incentives for households with incomes below 120 percent of state median income. Learn more about Income-Based Rebate Adders here.
Homeowners should first select an installer, who will submit the rebate application on their behalf. MassCEC maintains a list of eligible modern wood heating installers.
MassCEC recommends that residents:
- Solicit proposals from at least three installers.
- Check references from prior installations, and ask the questions listed on our List of Eligible Installers webpage.
- Ask the installer to provide a written quote from a bulk pellet delivery supplier, showing the price per ton and any applicable delivery fee.
Prior to deciding to move forward with a system, residents who may meet income criteria should determine if they are eligible for the Income-Based Rebate Adder, as described in the program manual. For example, a household of four with annual income of $127,408 or less may qualify.
Once you've selected an installer and is ready to move forward with the project, your installer should:
- Complete the design of an eligible modern wood heating system.
- Apply for a rebate on your behalf. You can assist by learning about modern wood heating, and:
- Providing your installer with information and documents, including a signed participant's agreement, an electric bill and other information about the project.
- Scheduling a free MassSave Home Energy Assessment to take place within the next six months, if you have not had one completed within the past four years.
- Wait for MassCEC to approve the rebate application, at which point the installation process can begin
- Once MassCEC issues an award letter, your installer may proceed to complete the system installation.
- Once the project is complete, the installer submits documentation verifying the project is complete.
- MassCEC may schedule an inspection prior to payment to ensure installation quality.
- Once complete, MassCEC will issue the rebate amount.
Payment will typically be issued within four weeks of the time the documentation is received.
Emergency Replacement Option
MassCEC offers an Emergency Replacement Rebate option for homes where the current heating system cannot safely function, or the installer believes that for safe and reliable operation the system has to be replaced within 30 days. In these cases, eligible installers can install modern wood heating systems immediately and then apply to MassCEC for a rebate, instead of waiting for MassCEC to approve the rebate award before the installation begins. Only installers who have had two successful inspections by MassCEC with no unsatisfactory issues identified are eligible to apply for this type of rebate. If you are interested in this option, ask your installer to confirm that they are eligible for this option.
Please read the program manual for full details on eligibility, program requirements and rebates. Installers looking to participate in the program or apply on behalf of homeowners should visit the installer resources page.
How much will my rebate be?
Homeowners are eligible for a base rebate of up to $10,000, depending on system cost. To help cover the cost of thermal storage, MassCEC also offers a thermal storage adder up to $2,000. Residents qualifying for the Income-Based Rebate Adder can qualify for a total award of up to $16,500.
When can I use the emergency replacement option?
The Emergency Replacement Rebate option is only available for homes where the current heating system cannot safely function or the installer believes that for safe and reliable operation the system has to be replaced within 30 days.
Which installers are eligible for the emergency replacement option?
Only installers who have had two successful inspections by MassCEC with no unsatisfactory issues identified are eligible to apply for this type of rebate. Ask your installer to confirm that they are eligible for this option.
Why isn’t everyone in Massachusetts eligible for this rebate program?
Projects receiving rebates through MassCEC must be located in an electric utility territory that contributes funding to the Renewable Energy Trust (RET), which includes communities served by investor owned electric utility companies or a participating municipal light plant.
What is an MLP and where are they?
MLP stands for “municipal light plant” and refers to communities who are serviced by a publicly owned local utility instead of an investor-owned electric company, such as National Grid or Eversource. Some of these MLP communities contribute to RET, which is the original source of our funding for rebates. We are unable to provide rebates to MLP communities that do not contribute to the RET.
The Residential Central Wood Pellet Heating program is part of a suite of MassCEC Clean Heating and Cooling programs. MassCEC recently authorized $30 million in funding for these programs through 2020.