On Monday, Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Rick Sullivan joined MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia to announce the 15 participating communities in the new round of Solarize Mass. The announcement was made in front of a large crowd of past and present Solarize volunteers at Atkins Farm in Amherst.
MassCEC is committed to helping local governments and non-profits take control of their energy futures, protecting the environment and stabilizing energy costs.
Among MassCEC’s offerings for government and non-profit agencies are programs that help municipalities and regional planning authorities assess their clean energy resources, as well as offering grants for site assessments, feasibility studies and construction of clean energy projects, including wind turbines, anaerobic digesters and hydroelectric systems.
HeatSmart Massachusetts (HeatSmart Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.
General Program Overview
What resources will MassCEC provide as part of the HeatSmart program?
MassCEC offers awards to public agencies and non-profits that install qualifying air-source heat pump (ASHP) systems, which provide highly efficient heating and cooling. Incentives are available both for qualifying variable refrigerant flow (VRF) and mini-split (single head, multi-head, and central) systems.
This program is part of MassCEC’s $30 million Clean Heating and Cooling program, which supports technologies that provide customer cost savings and environmental benefits while maintaining a high level of comfort and reliability.
MassCEC offers awards to non-profit and government facilities that install qualifying modern wood heating systems. This program is part of MassCEC’s Clean Heating and Cooling program, which supports technologies that provide customer cost-savings and environmental benefits, while maintaining a high level of comfort and reliability.
MassCEC offers awards to non-profit and government facilities that install qualifying ground-source heat pumps (GSHP), which provide highly efficient electrical heating, cooling, and hot water. This program is part of MassCEC’s Clean Heating and Cooling program, which supports technologies that provide customer cost-savings and environmental benefits while maintaining a high level of comfort and reliability.
MassCEC seeks to support technical and commercial feasibility assessments for clean energy community microgrids. Microgrids are often defined as a group of interconnected buildings or energy loads and distributed energy resources within a clearly defined boundary that interconnects with the broader electric grid, and can operate independently, or island, from the grid. MassCEC is interested in supporting community microgrids that serve a range of commercial, residential, public and private buildings and stretch across property boundaries.
Organics-to-energy technologies are those that take certain types of waste – including organic materials such as food, animal or yard waste, and convert it to electricity or heat. Some organics-to-energy systems also produce valuable compost or liquid fertilizer as byproducts.
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. Grant funding and technical assistance is available for residential, commercial, industrial and public facilities, and is based on the size and other characteristics of the wind project.
The Hydropower program seeks to increase the output of the Commonwealth’s hydropower assets by providing grants to ecologically-appropriate projects that can be implemented quickly and efficiently.