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After being out of the workforce since early 2015, the Successful Women in Clean Energy (SWICE) Program provided Donelda Turner with the training and opportunity to enter the clean energy workforce and gain crucial skills needed to compete in this growing industry. Donelda was provided with specialized training and brought on for a six-month fellowship before being hired at her host employer, SolarFlair Energy.
Below you'll find a collection of frequently asked questions to further help you as you explore adding solar electricity to your home or business.
Can't find what you're looking for? Check out MassCEC's Residential Guide to Solar Electricity or the Massachusetts Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Leases, Loans, and PPA’s for more information.
The cost of buying a solar electric system can vary based on system size, location, equipment used and other factors. Though MassCEC cannot say what a "good" price is for your solar electric system, we can help you see what others are paying for solar projects around the Commonwealth.
As you move forward with a solar electric project, you'll want to find an installer you are comfortable working with. Use the tips below to find the right installer for your project.
The GW Solar Institute video Choosing a Solar Installer offers advice for customers in selecting a solar contractor, questions that customers should ask, and information that should be included in a solar contractor’s bid.
Residents and business owners can benefit from a number of programs aimed at making solar electricity more affordable to install, including state and federal tax credits. Below is a quick breakdown of incentives currently available for installing residential and commercial solar electric systems. More information on incentives for clean energy projects can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).
Residents and business owners have many options when it comes to financing the installation of solar electric systems. A breakdown of the more common financing options, and their corresponding benefits, is below. More information is also available in A Massachusetts Homeowner's Guide to Solar Leases, Loans, and PPAs.
Solar electric systems, also known as solar photovoltaics or solar PV, convert sunlight into electrical energy through an array of solar panels that connect to a building's electrical system or directly to the electrical grid.
Solar electricity is often a cost-effective way for homeowners, businesses and municipalities to reduce their energy costs, while also reducing their environmental impact. As you consider whether solar electricity is right for your home or business, you can familiarize yourself with how the technology works.