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- ABOUT MassCEC
Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.
The 2018 Solarize Mass program is currently accepting applications. See the “How Do I Apply?” tab for more information.
The following communities are currently participating in the 2018 round: the partnership Eastham-Wellfleet-Truro-Provincetown as part of the Solarize Mass Program.
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.
2018 Solarize Mass program, deadline for applications is approaching! MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2018 Solarize Mass program, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities. Interested communities should review the request for proposal documents below. Completed applications should be submitted to Solarize@MassCEC.com.
MassCEC will accept community applications until May 31, 2018 or until program funds have been fully allocated.
Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Community application documents:
- 2018 Solarize Mass Community RFP
- Attachment A - 2018 Solarize Massachusetts Community Proposal Checklist and Application
MassCEC hosted a webinar on Thursday October 12, 2017 to provide an overview of Solarize Mass and Solarize Mass Plus programs and answer questions. View it here.
Installers interested in applying to participate in a Solarize Mass program should review the Installer Resources page
Now in its eighth year, Solarize Mass is a partnership between MassCEC and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Click here to see a mapy of all Solarize Communities and results to date.
How it works
The Solarize Mass program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers and reduced pricing that increases the savings for participants.
The Solarize Mass Plus program pairs the Solarize Mass model with an additional technology offering. This program was piloted in 2017 and participating communities opted for Solar PV Plus Solar Hot Water and Solar PV Plus Air Source Heat Pumps. Eligible technologies range from Clean Heating and Cooling technologies to Energy Efficiency or Electric Vehicles.
Each participating community competitively selects a designated solar installation company. Home and business owners who want to participate can either purchase the solar electricity systems directly or enter into a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) with the installer if offered. Under a lease or PPA, the installer will own, operate and maintain the system, while the home or business owner agrees to purchase the power generated by the system as a specific rate.
Since Solarize Mass launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 18,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,300 residents and business owners in 66 communities signed contracts resulting in over 22.3 megawatts of contracted capacity. The Solarize Mass Plus pilot resulted in the contracting of an additional 37 clean technologies. In addition, the number of small-scale solar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program. See Solarize Mass Program Results for information and up-to-date results. Starting in 2016 the Solarize Mass program began accepting community applications on a rolling basis; this method continues with the 2018 Solarize Mass Program. To learn more about the current Solarize Mass program, go to the Solarize Mass main page.
Solarize Mass Results
Solarize Mass Resources
The below resources provide more information about developing and implementing a Solarize Mass or similar program.
- Solarize Mass Community Best Practices Timeline
- The Solarize Guidebook: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems
- Planning and Implementing a Solarize Initiative, A Guide for State Program Managers
- Recommendations for Permitting and Structural Review
Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals
Solarize Mass community marketing proposals from 2012 through 2018 are provided below to assist communities and other interested parties in considering different strategies for implementing a Solarize or similiar solar adoption campaign. Developing a marketing proposal prior to the launch of a solar adoption campaign can provide a useful roadmap for communities, and may benefit program results.
|Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals (2012 - 2018)|
|2013 Round 2||Adams||Amherst||Andover||Great Barrington-Egremont||Lexington-Bedford|
|2013 Round 1||Bourne||Brookline||Chelmsford-Carlisle||Lee||Medford|