MassCEC will continue accepting applications to the Whole-Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot Program until June 25, 2021 or until all funding is committed
MassCEC is committed to sharing COVID-19 resources that are relevant to clean energy sector in Massachusetts.
Like other State Government offices, MassCEC’s physical office is closed. Until further notice, MassCEC staff are working remotely and are fully reachable by email and phone. For general inquiries, contact us at email@example.com
Page last updated on December 24, 2020
MassCEC CEO Steve Pike’s Letter To Clean Energy and Climate Partners (PDF)
- In April, MassCEC’s CEO provided an email update to various business and government partners with MassCEC’s insight on the effects of COVID-19 on the clean energy industry in Massachusetts.
Clean Energy Investor Commitment in response to the Coronavirus
- In March, MassCEC joined dozens of other clean energy investors and industry stakeholders in reassuring the startup community of our flexibility and continued support as their businesses face unprecedented challenges. Read the Investor Letter
Updates for MassCEC’s Innovation Program Awardees and MassCEC Portfolio Companies
MassCEC’s BRIDGES Program for Innovators Who Were Previously Funded by MassCEC (Now CLOSED to additional applicants)
- The Bridging Recovery for Innovators Driving Green Energy Solutions (BRIDGES) Program is a limited $1.5M investment program that provides convertible notes to clean energy startups that have previously received funding from certain MassCEC investment and innovation grant programs.
Updates to MassCEC Programs
Mass Solar Loan
- If the current emergency impacts a project’s ability to meet program timelines, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clean Heating & Cooling Incentives (Solar hot water, ground-source heat pumps, automated wood heating, and whole-home air-source heat pump pilot)
- MassCEC has granted an automatic 3-month completion extension to all clean heating & cooling rebate projects. If the current emergency impacts a project’s ability to meet the extended completion deadlines, please reach out to MassCEC.
- MassCEC will accept project completion documentation and make rebate payments before projects complete local inspection if it is not possible to complete local inspections at this time. MassCEC has created an updated project completion forms that allow for this option, along with an email confirming that the system is installed and operational.
- MassCEC will be more flexible about signatures on participant’s agreements. If installers have new customers during this time who are willing to commit to a project but are unable to sign the participant’s agreement (perhaps after a remote site visit), MassCEC will accept email confirmation from the homeowner. Please reach out to MassCEC with questions about this pathway.
Clean Energy Training Opportunities
- Check out MassCEC’s blog post on clean energy training opportunities and additional resources for clean energy job seekers.
State and Federal Resources for Businesses
COVID-19 Grants for Massachusetts Small Businesses: Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is administering $668 million in grants available to support small businesses. Applications open 12/31/20 - 1/15/21.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) webpage: contains explanations of COVID-19 programs and opportunities for financial relief. Follow @MassEOHED on Twitter for regular updates.
The following online guidance from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) has been published for employers:
- Employer Unemployment FAQ: COVID-19: For employers seeking answers for their business and their employees. The webpage includes a frequently asked questions for employers.
- Massachusetts Workforce Measures: Updated information on Department of Unemployment Assistance and COVID-19
- General Employer Information: Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development filed an emergency regulation that permits employers to request up to a 60-day extension on filing and paying quarterly contributions now in effect
MassSave Resources for Businesses
- MassSave’s COVID-19 page provides updated guidance for energy efficiency contractors and their customers, including support for virtual home energy assessments and a limited time offer for 100% coverage of insulation work recommended as part of a virtual home energy assessment
- Solar Remote Permitting & Inspection Best Practices – COVID 19 Impacts and Long Term Potential Webinar
- MassCEC’s blog about Permitting and Inspection for clean energy projects explains how to pursue projects in line with current COVID-19 restrictions
For Job Seekers
- Apply for Unemployment benefits: Due to (COVID-19) the quickest way to file unemployment claims is through the UI online portal.
- MassCEC’s jobs board, resume board, and training and education directory are excellent tools for a clean energy job search.
- MassCEC’s two internship programs. jobs board, resume board, and training and education directory are excellent tools to use to explore a career in clean energy.
Clean Energy Industry COVID-19 Employment Impacts
- BW Research Partnership, the consulting firm that gathers the data for MassCEC’s annual Clean Energy Industry Report, is publishing reports about the effect of COVID-19 on the clean energy industry.
- Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has reported COVID-19 impacts for the U.S. Solar Industry.