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MassCEC's Clean Heating and Cooling programs offer rebates to support the installation of renewable heating, hot water and cooling technologies at facilities across the Commonwealth. These technologies are generally more cost-effective to operate than traditional systems and reduce your carbon footprint, all while maintaining a high level of comfort. MassCEC has announced a $48 million commitment to these technologies through 2020. A one page summary of our programs can be found here.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) can provide cost-effective and energy-efficient heating and cooling for your building space. While traditional systems burn fuel to create heat, a heat pump instead works by moving heat into or out of a space. Though they require electricity to operate, efficient ASHPs use 40-70 percent less electricity than electric-resistance heating and can provide significant cooling savings. Rebates of up to $150,000 are available (up to $240,000 for Affordable Housing).
- Individual zonal control, providing superior comfort and efficiency
- Provide both heating and cooling in a single, efficient unit without the need for ductwork
- Lowest up-front cost of any clean heating and cooling technology
- Typically more cost effective to operate than traditional cooling, as well as oil, propane, or electric heat
- Familiarize yourself with ASHP technology, costs and benefits, and other incentives
- Determine whether you are eligible for a MassCEC rebate
- Find a manufacturer representative or designer (VRF) or installer (mini-splits)
- Have qualifying VRF or mini-split equipment installed
Modern Wood Heating
Modern wood heating systems use wood chips or wood pellets to produce heat, much in the same way traditional boilers or furnaces use oil, propane, or natural gas. Modern wood heating systems can often integrate into existing heating systems, and can fulfill all of a building's heating and hot water needs. Systems are typically fully-automated, and require limited maintenance. Wood chip and pellet delivery is available in most parts of the Commonwealth. Rebates of up to $500,000.
- Typically installed in buildings with baseboard hot water heating, but furnace options are also available for businesses with forced air heating
- Can be more cost-effective than heating with traditional oil, propane or electric heat
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) can provide cost-effective, energy-efficient space heating and cooling, hot water, and process heat by utilizing the nearly constant temperature underground to transfer heat between the ground and your facility. GSHPs are typically the most efficient type of heat pump. Though they require electricity to operate, efficient GSHPs can provide the same amount of heating for substantially less than traditional electric heating. Grants of up to $250,000 are available.
- Great option for new construction, but can also replace existing forced air or hydronic heating systems
- High installation costs are offset by long-term energy cost savings compared with electric heat, oil, propane, or even natural gas heating plus highly efficient cooling
- Greatest greenhouse gas reductions of any heating and cooling technology
Solar Hot Water
Solar hot water systems use the energy of the sun to heat water for use in your building’s hot water system. Solar hot water systems reduce the usage of traditional water heating fuels (such as oil, electricity or natural gas) and thereby reduce the amount you spend purchasing these fuels. Rebates of up to $100,000 are available.
- Great option for both existing buildings and new construction
- Can reduce water heating costs and greenhouse gas emissions at your facility
- Especially cost-effective for buildings currently heating water with oil, propane or electricity