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.

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Academic Collaboration - Who's Eligible?

  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of “clean energy” are eligible for funding.  MGL c. 23J s. 1 defines this as “...advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel...”

AccelerateMass - FAQ

What is a convertible grant?

A: A convertible grant is a financial instrument that is initially provided as a grant and, upon obtaining a Qualified Financing  or  other funding  milestone, the  grant converts  into  an  equity stake  in  the  company.  If  a  Qualified Financing  or  other  funding  milestone  is  not  reached,  the  convertible grant  remains  a  grant  until  the  term expires, at which point it may convert into equity at the then current fair market value, at MassCEC’s option.

AccelerateMass - How Do I Apply?

Phase 1 (Note: MassCEC is not currently accepting applications for this phase)

Step 1: Successfully graduate from CleanTech Open Northeast or MassChallenge

Step 2: Review the appropriate application documents to determine eligiblity. 

Step 3: Submit a program application and required attachments to acceleratemass@masscec.com with the subject line “AccelerateMass Phase 1 Application – [Company Name]” by the deadline. 

AmplifyMass - FAQ

What is the amount of an AmplifyMass award?

For university research teams: the lesser of 5% of the total project cost, or $100,000.

For small businesses: the lesser of 10% of the total project cost, or $300,000.

How long after submitting my AmplifyMass application should I expect a response from MassCEC?

AmplifyMass - Program History

AmplifyMass provides awards to Massachusetts-based ARPA-E awardees to satisfy a portion of the cost share requirement of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy with a mission to support energy technology innovations that will enhance the economic and energy security of the United States. Winners of ARPA-E awards are required to provide a portion of the total project budge in cost share via in-kind resources, cash contributions or a combination of both.

Catalyst - Apply

MassCEC's Catalyst Program provides grants of up to $40,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy and water technologies.

The Catalyst Program is currently accepting proposals for the Spring 2016 solicitation. Proposals are due by 5 PM EST on Friday, March 25.

How to Apply: Catalyst Spring 2016

Catalyst - Program Background

The Catalyst Program is jointly administered by MassCEC and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) with the primary intent of stimulating the commercialization of clean energy and water innovation 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.

Catalyst - Who's Eligible?

Eligible applicants must be either a principal Investigator (“PI”) at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution or a Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with no more than $1 million in combined financing, grant funding and revenues within the past 5 years and have four or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Student teams are welcome to apply. 

Central Wood Pellet Heating - FAQ

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?

Clean Energy Internship Program (Employers) - Program Background

Since its inception in 2011, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program has placed hundreds of students and recent graduates at clean energy companies across the Commonwealth, with dozens of those interns going on to receive full-time job opportunities at their host companies.

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.

Clean Energy Internship Program (Interns) - How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Complete the online intern application, answering all required questions and uploading required documentation. You will then be visible in the student database and employers will be able to contact you.

Step 2: Respond to any employer communications you receive and reach out to employers you are interested in. Proactive students are by far the most likely to be placed into internships with host employers. The employer may contact you for a phone or in-person interview.

Clean Energy Internship Program (Interns) - Program Background

Since its inception in 2011, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program has placed hundreds of students and recent graduates at clean energy companies across the Commonwealth, with dozens of those interns going on to receive full-time job opportunities at their host companies.

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.

Clean Energy Internship Program (Interns) - Who's Eligible?

To participate in the program, students must attend, or have recently graduated within the past year from, a Massachusetts college or university, or they must be a Massachusetts resident, with proof of residency, who attended an out-of-state college or university. Students pursuing a master’s degree are eligible for this program, though Ph.D. candidates are not.

Commonwealth Hydropower (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

Commonwealth Hydropower targets hydropower facilities that are qualified for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (MA RPS), or that can demonstrate a high likelihood of qualifying. Applicants’ facilities must also be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), have an order from FERC indicating that they are non-jurisdictional to FERC, or have a determination from FERC that they are a "qualifying conduit hydropower facility."

Commonwealth Wind (Business) - FAQ

How many megawatts (MW) of wind power are installed in New England?

As of October 2015, roughly 850 MW of wind power were operating in New England.

How many megawatts (MW) of wind power are installed in the US?

As of June 2015, 68,000 MW of wind power were operating in the US.

How many Massachusetts towns have installed wind turbines?

As of November 2015, 34 MA towns installed large-scale (100kW and greater) wind turbines. There are numerous small scale turbines (<100kW) that are not included in this total.

Commonwealth Wind (Business) - Program Background

Commonwealth Wind and its predecessor programs have been providing support to electric customers and the wind community since 2000 and have helped to establish the Commonwealth as a thought leader in the field of appropriate wind energy development. MassCEC’s programmatic approach to appropriate siting for wind projects combines rigorous project analysis with careful, open decision making that involves all stakeholders.

Commonwealth Wind supports small wind, community wind and commercial wind projects. These are defined as:

Commonwealth Wind (Business) - Who's Eligible?

Eligible applicants include legally-registered corporations, limited liability companies, business organizations (for profit or not-for-profit) and public entities – including federal, state and local government. Private individuals are  eligible for funding only for small wind installations where the power is used on-site.

For detailed eligibility requirements for residential, commercial and community wind projects, see the Commonwealth Wind Program Manual

Commonwealth Wind Program - FAQ

How many megawatts (MW) of wind power are installed in New England?

As of October 2015, roughly 850 MW of wind power were operating in New England.

How many megawatts (MW) of wind power are installed in the US?

As of June 2015, 68,000 MW of wind power were operating in the US.

How many Massachusetts towns have installed wind turbines?

As of November 2015, 34 MA towns installed large-scale (100kW and greater) wind turbines. There are numerous small scale turbines (<100kW) that are not included in this total.

Commonwealth Wind Program - Program Background

Commonwealth Wind and its predecessor programs have been providing support to electric customers and the wind community since 2000 and have helped to establish the Commonwealth as a thought leader in the field of appropriate wind energy development. MassCEC’s programmatic approach to appropriate siting for wind projects combines rigorous project analysis with careful, open decision making that involves all stakeholders.

Commonwealth Wind supports small wind, community wind and commercial wind projects. These are defined as:

Commonwealth Wind Program - Who's Eligible?

Eligible applicants include legally-registered corporations, limited liability companies, business organizations (for profit or not-for-profit) and public entities – including federal, state and local government. Private individuals are  eligible for funding only for small wind installations where the power is used on-site.

For detailed eligibility requirements for residential, commercial and community wind projects, see the Commonwealth Wind Program Manual

Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out - How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Contact a Participating Stove Professional

Each homeowner should first select a participating stove professional, who will submit the rebate application on his or her behalf. MassCEC maintains a list of stove professionals and tips for finding an installer participating in the 2016 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.

When contacting a stove professional, a homeowner should be prepared to provide:

Community Microgrid (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

Feasibility assessment grants will be provided through a competitive solicitation open to municipalities and their public works departments, electric distribution companies, municipal light plants, emergency services departments, owners of critical infrastructure such as hospitals and financial institutions, self-organized groups of commercial building owners, developers or any entity that either owns property within a proposed microgrid or can demonstrate that they represent stakeholders with the capability of developing a multi-user microgrid.

Equity Investments - FAQ

What is the typical size of a MassCEC Equity Investment?

The average size of a MassCEC equity investment is $500,000, but investments have ranged anywhere from $100,000 - $1,500,000.. Additionally, MassCEC reserves up to $250,000 per-company for aggregate follow-on investments. Our financial support is designed to decrease over time in accordance with the MassCEC Follow-On Policy

How does MassCEC compare to a typical private investor?

Equity Investments - How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Contact the Investments team to set up an initial meeting. Please provide a pitch deck with your initial outreach.

Step 2: Pitch to the MassCEC Investments team.

Step 3: If your company may be a fit for a MassCEC equity investment, staff will request and internally review due diligence materials as part of an iterative process.  

Step 4: Pending a positive diligence outcome, pitch to the MassCEC CEO and other executive-level staff.

Ground Source Heat Pumps - FAQ

How much will my rebate be?

Homeowners are eligible for a base rebate of up to $12,500, depending on system size and efficiency. Residents qualifying for the Income-Based Rebate Adder can qualify for an award of up to $20,000. More detail can be found in section 3 of the Program Manual. 

Are more efficient heat pumps more expensive?

Although higher-efficiency heat pumps can be more expensive, MassCEC’s rebate is structured to compensate homeowners for this extra cost through adders that can range up to $5,000 per system.

Hydropower - Background

First authorized in 2009, the Commonwealth Hydropower Program recently wrapped up its sixth round. The program provides grants for construction projects and feasibility studies for eligible hydropower facilities. Applicants may request funding in the following activity areas:

Hydropower - Eligibility

Commonwealth Hydropower targets hydropower facilities that are qualified for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (MA RPS), or that can demonstrate a high likelihood of qualifying. Applicants’ facilities must also be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), have an order from FERC indicating that they are non-jurisdictional to FERC, or have a determination from FERC that they are a "qualifying conduit hydropower facility."

IncubateMass - FAQ

While it is required to report paid employees, both full time and part time, what about employees or founders who have been compensated with equity?

If the employee is working for the company in any capacity, even for equity, they must be reported in the employee figures. While overall employee payroll must be reported, the amount of equity being paid to employees does not.

Should applicant responses be formatted as tables like those provided, presented in narrative form, or both?

IncubateMass - Program Background

MassCEC’s IncubateMass program was established in 2013 in response to the growing number of incubators in Massachusetts and the need for increased development and support of incubation space for cleantech and water innovation startup companies. MassCEC created the IncubateMass program to provide support to incubators that work with clean energy and water innovation startups on a competitive basis, tying funding to performance metrics. 

IncubateMass - Who's Eligible

All IncubateMass applicants must be Massachusetts-based incubators capable of providing business incubator services to cleantech or water innovation startups. Applicants should have experienced management teams, a documented track record of providing effective services to cleantech startups and a sustainable incubator model backed up by a credible business plan.  

InnovateMass - FAQ

If I’ve applied in the past, but was not awarded, may I re-use the same letters of intent from my project partners?

Yes, if the letters are still applicable with any changes you’ve made in your application and if the relationship is still active. The letters should demonstrate an active relationship and cooperation with critical partners, which will last at least the duration of the proposed project. To this end current letters are preferred, as it indicates that the cooperating parties are still in the relevant positions and the relationship is ongoing.

InnovateMass - Program Backgrond

InnovateMass was specifically designed to provide targeted, strategic support to companies facing the so called “commercialization valley of death,” a widely-recognized funding gap that exists between early-stage support offered by angel investors and later-stage support historically provided by venture capital and strategic investors.

InnovateMass - Who's Eligible?

Only technologies that have achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 will be considered eligible for an InnovateMass grant.

Application Teams may comprise both public and private entities, including clean energy companies, research and development institutions, academic institutions, state, local, and quasi-governmental agencies, school districts and nonprofits.

Learn and Earn - Background

Learn and Earn was launched as a pilot program in the summer of 2014. Over 100 high school students have since participated in the program and have received employment during the summer as well as academic year training with curriculum focused on clean energy. Selected applicants will design and deliver a training program to high school students that provides (i) career exploration, (ii) work readiness training, (iii) paid work-based learning that focuses on clean energy and (iv) dual enrollment that provides credit from a high education institution.

Learn and Earn - Eligibility

The Learn and Earn program is open to all Massachusetts higher education institutions offering 2 and 4 year degrees, Massachusetts secondary and vocational-technical high schools, community-based and non-profit organizations, with 501(c)(3) status, located in Massachusetts, community-based organizations providing youth services, workforce investment boards and labor unions. Applicants are required to partner with at least one clean energy employer and higher education institution, if this institution is not the lead applicant.

Learn and Earn- FAQ

Q: Do students have to pass their first year, or is it satisfactory for them to just complete their first year?

A: As long as they are still in your high school they would still be eligible. Individuals who have dropped out of your school are not eligible to participate in this program.

 

Q: If we're applying as a vocational school, do we still need to have higher education partner?

A: Yes, you will still need to have a higher education partner as part of your team.

 

Leveraging Federal Opportunities - Who's Eligible?

  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of “clean energy” are eligible for funding.  MGL c. 23J s. 1 defines this as “...advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel..."

Mass As a First Customer - FAQ

What is the goal of the Massachusetts As a First Customer Program?

Massachusetts As a First Customer aims to support the introduction of cutting-edge clean energy and water technologies into the marketplace. The program supports Massachusetts clean energy and water technology companies seeking a first or early customer to validate the commercial readiness of their technology by de-risking and incentivizing the deployment of those technologies by public entities (including state and quasi-state agencies, authorities, municipalities or public academic institutions).

Mass As a First Customer - Who's Eligible

Massachusetts As a First Customer is a two-phase program, first working to assess the technical readiness of emerging technologies, and then working to connect the most viable technologies with the public entities looking to adopt them. Eligible companies are based in Massachusetts and have advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources.

Mass Solar Connect (Government/Non-Profit) - How Do I Apply?

MassCEC is currently accepting proposals from member-based non-profit groups to participate in the 2016 Mass Solar Connect program. Interested non-profit groups should review the below Non-Profit Group Request for Proposals and submit a completed application to SolarConnect@MassCEC.com by June 17, 2016. Non-profit groups with a clear and comprehensive outreach plan, an engaged team and interested members are encouraged to apply. 

Organics to Energy (Government/Non-Profit) - How Do I Apply?

The current round of solicitations is now closed. The below solicitation files are available for reference only. 

For future solicitations, please review the appropriate solicitation and associated appendices, develop your application, and submit before the deadline. Applications will be considered when they are received, so it is to your advantage to submit as soon as you are ready.

Organics to Energy (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

Projects must be located within the service territory of the electric distribution companies that pay into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which is administered by MassCEC.

Funding is available to both public and private entities for Implementation and Pilot Projects and for Feasibility Studies, and to public entities for Technical Studies/Services.

Organics to Energy - How to Apply

The current round of solicitations is now closed. The below solicitation files are available for reference only. 

For future solicitations, please review the appropriate solicitation and associated appendices, develop your application, and submit before the deadline. Applications will be considered when they are received, so it is to your advantage to submit as soon as you are ready.

Solarize Mass (Government/Non-Profit) - How Do I Apply?

MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2016 Solarize Mass program, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities. Interested communities should review the request for proposals and documents below. Completed application should be submitted to Solarize@MassCEC.com.

MassCEC will accept community applications until May 1, 2016, or when program funds have been fully allocated, whichever is earlier. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Solarize Mass (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

The Solarize Mass program is currently open to the following communities: Bolton, Medfield, Natick, Somerville and the partnership of Shelburne-Colrain-Conway.

Communities interested in participating in Solarize Mass must be serviced by a utility that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.

 Individuals interested in participating in the program must own property located in a community that is running an active Solarize Mass program. 

Solarize Mass - Apply

The 2016 Solarize Mass round is closed to new applications.  Please sign up for our Solar email list to learn when applications will again be accepted.

Currently, the individual communities of Bolton, Medfield, Natick, Somerville, and the partnership of Shelburne-Colrain-Conway have been selected to participate in the 2016 Solarize Mass program.  

Installers interested in applying to participate in a Solarize Mass program should review the Installer Resources page

Solarize Mass - Who's Eligible?

The Solarize Mass program is currently open to the following communities: Bolton, Medfield, Natick, Somerville and the partnership of Shelburne-Colrain-Conway.  If you live in one of these communities, you can contact the respective community volunteer team via the below contact information:

Solarize Mass Bolton: 

Venture Debt Investments - How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Contact the Investments team to set up an initial meeting. Please provide a pitch deck with your initial outreach.

Step 2: Pitch to the MassCEC investments team.

Step 3: If your company may be a fit for a MassCEC venture debt investment, staff will request and internally review due diligence materials as part of an iterative process. 

Step 4: Pending a positive diligence outcome, pitch to the MassCEC CEO and other executive-level staff.