All MassCEC Programs

MassCEC offers a number of programs to help grow the clean energy industry in Massachusetts, with offerings helping residents, businesses, non-profits and government agencies finance the planning and implementation of clean energy projects. MassCEC programs also help clean energy businesses grow their operations in Massachusetts. Below is an alphabetical list of programs currently offered by MassCEC.

AmplifyMass

AmplifyMass offers matching funding to Massachusetts-based awardees of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), an agency of the United States Department of Energy with a mission to support energy technology innovations that will enhance the economic and energy security of the country.

Catalyst Program

The Catalyst Program's primary intent is to stimulate the commercialization of clean energy technologies developed in the Commonwealth. Awarded funds are used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications in order to obtain increased industry and investor interest.

Clean Heating and Cooling

MassCEC's Clean Heating and Cooling program offers rebates to support the installation of renewable heating and cooling technologies at homes across the Commonwealth. The program offers these rebates for a number of technologies that offer a high level of comfort, while often being more cost-effective to operate than traditional systems and reducing the carbon footprint of homes and businesses.
 

Commercial-Scale Biomass Boilers

Biomass heating technologies use organic matter, such as wood pellets, wood chips and cord wood to produce heat for homes and businesses.
 
Biomass heating systems produce heat for hot water and space heating, reducing dependence on costly, environmentally-damaging and unhealthy fossil fuels, while using a renewable energy source indigenous to New England.
 

Commonwealth Hydropower

The Commonwealth Hydropower Program seeks to increase the output of the Commonwealth’s hydropower assets by providing grants for ecologically-appropriate projects that can be implemented quickly and efficiently.

Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy

MassCEC’s Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy program provides funding to educate businesses and communities about organics-to-energy technologies, help communities and businesses evaluate organics-to-energy projects, and support construction of facilities. For basic information on Organics-to-Energy technologies, please visit our About Organics-to-Energy webpage.

To view results from the program, please see Completed Studies

Commonwealth Small Pellet Boiler Program

The Commonwealth Small Scale Pellet Boiler Program provides financial assistance through grants to Massachusetts residents and organizations looking to install high-efficiency, low-particulate matter (PM) wood-pellet boilers or furnaces in their homes or business. MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) dedicated $475,000 to a pilot version of this program.

As of October 31, 2013, the Commonwealth Small Pellet Boiler Pilot Grant Program is no longer accepting grant applications. 

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water

On September 1, 2014, the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program announced changes to the solar hot water construction applications. For more information, please see the "Commonwealth Solar Hot Water, Summary of Changes - September 2014" document below.

Commonwealth Solar II

Commonwealth Solar II provides rebates for homeowners and businesses in Massachusetts who install solar photovoltaics (PV). Rebates are granted through a non-competitive application process for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) projects by professional, licensed contractors at residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and public facilities.

Commonwealth Wind Program

MassCEC's Commonwealth Wind (CommWind) Program assists appropriately-sited wind energy development in Massachusetts that can help achieve the Commonwealth's goals for a clean environment and a robust economy.  

Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out

The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program is no longer accepting new applications.

MassCEC, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, launched a third round of the Woodstove Change-Out Program on Feb. 18, 2014. The program offers financial incentives to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified woodstoves with cleaner, more efficient wood or pellet stoves. Applications were accepted through March 4, 2014.

Community Energy Strategies

The Community Energy Strategies Program (CESP) is an initiative developed by MassCEC in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division. The program, delivered in partnership with local officials and community volunteers, helps communities identify and develop strategies for implementing the mix of clean energy projects and incentives best suited to address local interests, needs, and opportunities for clean energy development across all sectors.

District Energy

District energy systems provide thermal energy from one or more central plants to multiple buildings through a network of pipes providing steam, hot water or chilled water. District energy systems can provide space heating, air conditioning, domestic hot water or process energy.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal heat pumps use the relatively-consistent temperature of the ground or a nearby water source to transfer heat into and out of a building, as needed, lessening demand for fossil fuels.

MassCEC and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources are providing funding assistance for qualifying ground-source heat pump projects at residences and select commercial-scale facilities (schools, municipal buildings, greenhouses and not-for-profit organizations) across the Commonwealth.

Green Workforce: Energy Efficiency

Green Workforce: Energy Efficiency is a program aimed at creating and supporting energy efficiency and sustainability job training programs to supply the growing sector.

Formerly known as MassGreen, the program has collaborated with industry, employers, nonprofits, and government agencies to develop and deliver clean energy training programs at community colleges across Massachusetts to trainees, contractors, construction tradespeople, entry level workers, unemployed and under-employed individuals and clean energy business entrepreneurs. 

IncubateMass

MassCEC’s IncubateMass program provides funding to incubators that catalyze and support startup companies to create jobs and promote the commercialization of new clean energy technology.  By providing their client companies with targeted business support services and resources, such as mentors, specialized equipment, educational series and networks, these incubators work to accelerate the development of clean energy startups and increase the success rate of member companies.

InnovateMass

InnovateMass is a competitive program that provides awards to applicant teams that offer the most innovative, effective and impactful clean energy solutions to tough energy and environmental problems here in the Commonwealth. InnovateMass program funding helps companies and their technologies move closer to commercialization, signaling to the marketplace that the technology is approaching readiness for manufacturing and sales. 

Investments in Job Creation

MassCEC makes growth capital investments that support the expansion of a clean energy company’s operations in Massachusetts. These investments require significant job creation and economic development in the Commonwealth.

The investment structure and amount will depend on the applicant’s growth trajectory and geography.

Applicants must submit a comprehensive, written business plan via email with the subject header “Investments in Job Creation Program” to investments@masscec.com.

Investments in the Advancement of Technology

MassCEC makes venture capital equity investments in promising early-stage Massachusetts clean energy companies that are developing and commercializing technologies that contribute to the advancement of one or more of the following clean energy or energy efficiency categories:

Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is undertaking the management of the development of the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford.

Mass Solar Connect

Mass Solar Connect seeks to increase 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.

Mass Energy has been selected to participate in the current round of Mass Solar Connect.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program helps prepare the next generation of clean energy workers by connecting students and recent graduates with Massachusetts companies in need of interns.

The program helps provide Massachusetts clean energy businesses with a talented pool of young professionals, with MassCEC providing stipends for interns during fall, spring and summer sessions, who in turn are given valuable experience they can use as they begin their careers in this quickly-growing sector.

Massachusetts Israel Innovation Partnership

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MA-Israel MOU) to promote greater collaboration among companies in the two jurisdictions. This partnership comes as a direct result of Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission, a ten-day trade mission in March 2011 that included travel to Israel, where a coalition of the state’s leading business executives and senior government officials explored growth opportunities of common interest for Massachusetts’ and Israel’s innovation industries.

Pathways Out of Poverty

The Pathways Out of Poverty program provides grant funding for job training programs that help low- and moderate-income earners build careers in the clean energy sector and attain financial self-sufficiency.

Created when the Act Relative to Clean Energy was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in November 2009, Pathways Out of Poverty provides funding for green collar job training offered by clean energy companies, community-based nonprofit groups, educational institutions and labor organizations throughout Massachusetts.

Production Tracking System

The Production Tracking System (PTS) is a database used by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to track the production of renewable energy systems that are installed throughout the Commonwealth.  The PTS provides MassCEC with the information necessary to monitor and evaluate the performance of renewable energy systems and the effectiveness of its renewable energy programs.

Solarize Mass

Solarize Mass seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners sign contracts.

Wind Technology Testing Center

Wind turbine blade testing is a critical factor in maintaining high levels of reliability and evaluating the latest technological developments in airfoils and materials. Adequate testing will allow wind energy to be more competitive. In addition, blade testing is required as part of turbine certification to meet international design standards including IEC, GL, DNV. Meeting international standards allows developers to mitigate the technical and financial risk of deploying mass-produced wind turbines. 


Workforce Capacity Building

MassCEC's Workforce Capacity Building program provides funding for clean energy-centered science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students throughout the Commonwealth.

The initiative targets Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools, colleges, universities and community-based non-profit groups to help train students for careers in the rapidly-growing clean energy sector.