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.

Now in its fourth year, Solarize Mass, a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and cities and towns across the commonwealth, has led to more than 2400 residents and business owners signing contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems, while speaking with thousands more about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies.

MassCEC is currently seeking proposals for communities interested in participating in the 2015 Solarize Mass program.

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 a tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners in the community sign up. 

Each participating community selects a designated solar installation company, which offers five tiers of pricing with the savings increasing as more contracts are signed. 

Home and business owners who want to participate can either purchase the solar electricity systems directly of enter into a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) with the installer. 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. 

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 Solarize Mass programs resulted in more than 10,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 2,400 residents and business owners in the 46 communities signed contracts to install over 16 megawatts of solar electricity. In addition, the number of small-scale solar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program. 

Results of Round 2 of the 2013 Solarize Mass Program

The chart below reflects the results of Round 2 of the 2013 Solarize Mass program, which included the communities of  AdamsAmherstAndoverGreat Barrington-EgremontLexington-BedfordNeedhamSalem-SwampscottWatertownWellfleet, and Williamsburg-Whately-Chesterfield, which concluded on June 30. 

Community Installer Tier Contracts Signed Capacity (in kilowatts)
Adams RGS Energy 4 18 100
Amherst Northeast Solar Design Associates 5 174 1,195
Andover Astrum Solar 5 78 654
Great Barrington/Egremont RGS Energy 5 84 546
Lexington/Bedford Astrum Solar 5 162 1,136
Needham Astrum Solar 5 99 729
Salem/Swampscott RGS Energy 5 71 401
Watertown Next Step Living 4 28 136
Wellfleet Cotuit Solar / E2 Solar / Blue Selenium 5 133 656
Williamsburg / Whately / Chesterfield RGS Energy 5 85 589

Total

    932

6,142

 

Results of Round 1 of the 2013 Solarize Mass Program

The chart below reflects the results of Round 1 of the 2013 Solarize Mass program, which included the communities of Bourne, Brookline, Chelmsford and Carlisle, Lee, Medford, Medway, Newton, Northampton and Williamstown. Round 1 ended on October 31, 2013.

 

Community Installer Tier Contracts Signed Capacity (in kilowatts)
Bourne Cotuit/E2 Solar 4 21 136.9
Brookline SolarFlair 5 63 345.6
Chelmsford/Carlisle SolarFlair 5 96 611.8
Lee Real Goods Solar 5 36 293.8
Medford SunBug Solar 5 48 387.6
Medway Second Generation Energy 5 39 488.6
Newton SolarFlair 5 64 308.8
Northampton Real Goods Solar 5 108 705.7
Williamstown Real Goods Solar 5 76 559.4

Total

    551

3,838

 

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