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.
2017 Solarize Mass Program
The 2017 Solarize Mass program is currently accepting community applications. See the "How Do I Apply?" tab for more details.
On April 19th, 2017 the following communities were selected: the community of Winthrop as part of the Solarize Mass Program and Newburyport and the partnership of Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland as a part of the Solarize Mass Plus Pilot Program, opting for solar PV plus air-source heat pumps and solar PV plus solar hot water respectively.
If you live in one of these communities, you can contact the respective community volunteer team via the below contact information:
Solarize Mass Plus Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland:
Lincoln Email: SolarizeLincoln@gmail.com
Wayland Email: SolarizeWayland@gmail.com
Solarize Mass Plus Newburyport:
Solarize Mass Plus Coach Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solarize Mass Winthrop:
Solar Coach Email: email@example.com
2016 Solarize Mass Program
All communities who participated in the 2016 Solarize Mass Program have completed their campaigns.
For final results: See Program Results document in Program Background section for final information on all campaigns.
For contact information:
For individual community contact information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 reside or own property located in a community that is running an active Solarize Mass program.
2017 Solarize Mass
MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2017 Solarize Mass program, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities. Of these ten communities, MassCEC and DOER may elect to select two or more (2) communities (or groups of communities) who have specifically applied to participate in the Solarize Mass Plus multiple-technology pilot.
Interested communities should review the community request for proposals , and submit a completed application to Solarize@MassCEC.com.Those with a clear and comprehensive outreach plan, a committed volunteer team, an engaged municipality and residents interested in participating are encouraged to submit proposals.
MassCEC will be accepting applications from communities until program funds have been fully allocated. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Installers interested in applying to participate in the Solarize Mass program should review the Installer Resources page.
2016 Solarize Mass
The 2016 Solarize Mass round is closed to new applications. See Program Results document on the Program Background tab for results.
Now in its seventh year, Solarize Mass is a partnership between MassCEC and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).
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.
Each participating community competitively selects a designated solar installation company. Homeowners 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 17,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. To date, over 3,200 residents and business owners in 63 communities signed contracts resulting in over 21.6 megawatts of contracted capacity. 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 (2011-2016) 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 2017 Solarize Mass Program. . To learn more about the current Solarize Mass program, go to the Solarize Mass main page. As a part of the 2017 Solarize Mass program, MassCEC and Doer are piloting Solarize Mass Plus, a combination of the traditional Solarize Mass model, coupled with additional renewable or clean heating technologyoptions.
Solarize Mass Results
- Solarize Mass Program Results (2011 - 2016)
- Solarize Mass Pilot Overview
- Solarize Mass 2012 Program Update
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 2017 are provided below to assist communities and other interested parties in considering different strategies for implementing a Solarize or similar 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 - 2017)|
|2013 Round 2||Adams||Amherst||Andover||Great Barrington-Egremont||Lexington-Bedford|
|2013 Round 1||Bourne||Brookline||Chelmsford-Carlisle||Lee||Medford|