Residential

MassCEC provides rebates and other incentives to residents who are looking to adopt clean energy at their own homes.

Residential incentives offered by MassCEC include rebate programs for solar electricity and solar hot water, vouchers for the replacement wood-burning heating units and assistance with other technologies.

High Performance New Construction and Solar Homes Seminar

Event Time: 
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Event Location: 
The Scottish Rite Museum and Library
33 Marrett Road
Lexington , MA 02421

Hosted by MassCEC and Mass Save, the High Performance New Construction and Solar Homes Seminar will focus on the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program, high performance new construction and residential solar PV.
This event includes presentations and a networking lunch. 
For more information and to register, click here.

Earth Day Building Tech Forum

Event Time: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Event Location: 
MassChallenge
23 Drydock Ave 6th Floor
Boston , MA

The US Green Building Massachusetts Chapter is organizing an Earth Day event to recognize clean tech and building tech companies and leaders in Massachusetts. We want YOU to be there!
Come gather with your colleagues in the real estate sector to discover, share, and converse on the topic of innovation in building design, construction, facility management and related realms.
Problem-solvers and innovators in the building industry encouraged to attend!
We want to collect firms who are making products and designing services which will improve the performance of buildings, improve the building user experience, and improve the environmental sustainability of buildings. 
This is a major component of the Massachusetts economy and we want all involved to meet and mix to raise the profile of the "Building Tech" sector!
 
PROGRAM:

  • Introduction from the USGBC MA Chapter
  • Opening Remarks from Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matt Beaton
  • Panel of leaders in the Clean Tech and Building Industry

Networking and interacting with over 200 professionals from startups, academic labs, and innovative companies who are defining the next frontier in the real estate industry.
For more information and to register, click here
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening 
Special demonstrations and interactive challenges!

BuildingEnergy 15 Conference and Tradeshow

Event Time: 
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, March 05, 2015 (All day)
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Event Location: 
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston , MA 02210

The BuildingEnergy 15 Conference & Tradeshow is the Northeast's premier gathering for sustainable design, high performance building, and renewable energy professionals. Produced by volunteer members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), 3,500+ gather to discuss sustainability in the built environment. Attendees span all sectors of the building & energy industries so you can ask tough questions, get honest answers, and strengthen your practice. Up to 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.
For more information and to register, click here
 
 

Focus on Real Estate

Event Time: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Event Location: 
Quincy Chamber of Commerece
180 Old Colony Ave. 3rd Floor
Quincy , MA

This panel discussion will cover a wide range of aspects of small scale green energy residential projects. These aspects include retrofits,high performance buildings, and historical properties. The speakers will be talking about their presentations at Mass Energy which is a yearly NESEA Conference.
Search local events at www.nesea.org for further details.
RSVP Katie Shendel at kshendel@nesea.org

NESEA ProTour with Noble Home in Shelburne Falls

Event Time: 
Friday, February 06, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
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Event Location: 
Buckland-Shelburne Community Center + homes nearby
53 Main Street
Shelburne , MA 01370

Join NESEA on a Pro Tour of two sites by Noble Home - maker of high-quality, custom-built passive solar kit homes - in Colrain and Shelburne, MA. In Colrain we'll get a tour of a demonstration kit home that promotes sustainability through and affordable, super-insulated shell and in Shelburne we'll tour a passive solar expansion of a family home designed for hands-on homeowners.
Space is limited | 2.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
Member registration: $25 | Non-member registration: $35
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Although we are based in Greenfield, MA, we represent members in all ten Northeastern states, and host events throughout the Northeast.

For an event agenda and to register, please click here.

 

http://nesea.org/be-event/noble-home-pro-tour

 

 

 

 

List of Participating Air-Source Heat Pump Installers

 

 

List of Residential and Small-Scale Program Participating Air-Source Heat Pump Installers

Before hiring an installer for your air-source heat pump system, it’s important to ensure they have the necessary skills and expertise to help you find and install the best product for your specific site.
*FOR COMMERCIAL-SCALE OR VRF DESIGNERS AND INSTALLERS, PLEASE REFERENCE THIS LIST.*

 

MassCEC Ends Successful Solar Rebate Program

Announcement Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: 
BOSTON

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced the end of the successful Commonwealth Solar II program, which will have provided rebates for more than 13,000 solar electric systems at homes, public buildings, and small businesses across the Commonwealth since 2010.

“The Commonwealth Solar II program has enabled thousands of individuals the ability to produce their own electricity while taking control of their energy futures, and I commend the homeowners and small businesses that were able to take advantage of this rebate program,” said Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.

Under the life of the Commonwealth Solar II program, installation prices for small-scale solar systems have dropped dramatically, falling nearly 30 percent since the program’s inception.

“This program was launched to help drive down the price of small solar electric systems in Massachusetts, and with prices dropping significantly over the past several years, the time is right to phase out this successful program,” said Barton. “This program has met its ambitious goals of increasing the adoption of solar electricity and creating high-quality local jobs.”

Created to stimulate adoption of small-scale solar systems, the rebate program was funded by MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER).  Small scale solar systems have stimulated expansion of the Massachusetts solar industry, creating high-quality jobs.  The Massachusetts solar industry now employs more than 12,000 workers, including installers, salespeople and innovators. 

“Thanks to programs like this and DOER’s Solar Carve-out Program, we have experienced significant growth in solar installations across Massachusetts,” said Acting DOER Commissioner Dan Burgess. “Residents and businesses in every corner of the Commonwealth are taking their energy future into their own hands by investing in solar, reducing emissions and creating jobs along the way.”

Solar prices have been shown to drop an additional nearly 20 percent in communities that have participated in another MassCEC and DOER program, Solarize Mass, a coordinated outreach and group purchasing program in which the savings go up as more people sign contracts for solar electric systems.

Corresponding to these falling prices, MassCEC has scaled back rebate levels over time, from an average of 20 percent of project costs in the program’s first funding block to an average of 5 percent of project costs in the program’s last funding block. The Commonwealth Solar II program will have provided $36 million in rebates, helping to facilitate an investment of more than $407 million in in solar electric systems across Massachusetts.

Through efforts like the rebate program and Solarize Mass, more and more homeowners in Massachusetts have installed solar. Today there are over 10,500 residential solar systems installed in the state.  There are 715 megawatts of installed solar capacity, enough to power more than 100,000 Massachusetts homes.

“The residential solar sector has seen remarkable growth in Massachusetts due to smart policies and programs like the Commonwealth Solar II,” said New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) President Peter Rothstein. “This program and others have allowed the Massachusetts solar industry to grow and thrive into one that supports thousands of jobs and is helping lower energy bills for thousands of residents and businesses in Massachusetts.”

“This program has been a huge success driving down the cost of residential solar in Massachusetts and should serve as a model for other states to follow,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  “Solar continues to thrive in Massachusetts because innovative programs like this one are delivering on the promise to bring down the price of solar systems, benefitting homeowners, businesses and government entities.  They are also allowing the solar industry in the Commonwealth to grow quickly, creating thousands of good-paying jobs and providing a big boost to the state and local economies.”

MassCEC is partnering with DOER to launch Mass Solar Loan, a new program set to open this spring and focused on connecting homeowners who install solar electric systems with low-interest loans to help finance the projects. 

Postponed: Public Workshop on Reuse Options for Brayton Point and Montaup Power Plants

Event Time: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Event Location: 
Public Workshop on Reuse Options for Brayton Point and Montaup Power Plants
625 County Street
Somerset , MA 02726

This meeting has been postponed until 5:30 p.m. on March 3, 2015.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the Town of Somerset, recently launched a study to identify, assess and analyze options for optimizing the reuse potential of the Brayton Point and Montaup power plant sites located in Somerset. The Massachusetts State Legislature directed MassCEC to conduct this reuse study in order to assist the town in the transition from a coal power generation plant to alternative uses of the site. 
Specific outcomes will include:

  • A robust community engagement process, designed to optimize input from stakeholders and to provide clear information on the reuse potentials of the sites;
  • A Reuse Study for the sites presenting reuse options which incorporates community feedback.

Registration is at 5:30p.m. Study begins at 6p.m.
For more information, click here. 

Public Workshop on Reuse Options for Mount Tom Power Plant

Event Time: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Event Location: 
Holyoke Senior Center
291 Pine Street
Holyoke , MA 01040

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the City of Holyoke, recently launched a study to identify, assess and analyze options for optimizing the re-use potential of the Mount Tom power plant site located in Holyoke. The Massachusetts State Legislature directed MassCEC to conduct this re-use study in order to assist the city in the transition from a coal power generation plant to alternative uses of the site.
 Specific outcomes will include:

  • A robust community engagement process, designed to optimize input from stakeholders and to provide clear information on the reuse potentials of the sites;
  • A Reuse Study for the sites presenting reuse options which incorporates community feedback.

Registration is at 5:30p.m. Study begins at 6:00p.m. 
For more information, click here
 

Loan Program to Increase Access to Financing for Residential Solar Ownership in Massachusetts

Announcement Date: 
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Location: 
BOSTON

The Patrick Administration today announced the final design of a $30 million residential solar loan program to complement the nation-leading solar market in Massachusetts.  The Mass Solar Loan program, designed to make it easier for homeowners to finance solar electric projects on their homes, will work with banks and credit unions to expand borrowing options through lower interest rate loans and encourage loans for homeowners with lower income or lower credit scores.

“Solar installations provide important economic and environmental benefits to Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Bartlett. “The Mass Solar Loan will provide opportunities for homeowners to control and reduce their energy costs and for local banks and credit unions to offer a new business product”.

The Mass Solar Loan program, which has been in development since early 2014, follows a Department of Energy Resources (DOER) study that demonstrates lifetime net benefits to homeowners ten times greater for direct solar ownership relative to third-party ownership. Beginning in early 2015, local lenders will be able to sign up to participate in the program, which is scheduled to begin providing loans in the spring of 2015.

“Massachusetts has seen incredible growth in the solar market, with installations in 350 of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns,” said DOER Commissioner Meg Lusardi. “The Mass Solar Loan program will ensure that this growth continues at the local level, increasing opportunities for homeowners to take their energy future into their own hands.”

The Solar Carve-Out Program administered by DOER has, in partnership with other programs, led to solar installations growing from just 3 MW to 715 MW during the Patrick Administration.  There are nearly 20,000 systems installed in the Commonwealth, with the vast majority of these installed on homes.  DOER anticipates Mass Solar Loan will support $135 million of loans to 6,000 homeowners and 30 MW of new capacity, and launch a loan product that lenders will continue to offer after the DOER credit enhancements expire.

Mass Solar Loan will be launched in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) which will serve as the program’s central administrator.  

The launch of Mass Solar Loan coincides with the planned sunset of MassCEC’s successful Commonwealth Solar II rebate program, which has provided rebates for more than 10,500 small-scale solar electric projects at homes and businesses across Massachusetts since 2010.

“With the price of residential solar dropping steadily over the past few years, there has never been a better time to adopt solar energy,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. ”The launch of Mass Solar Loan will make it even easier for even more residents to tap into the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, while creating more local jobs.”

Mass Solar Loan will be available for solar installations on single family homes and on residential buildings up to three units, as well as for participants with an ownership stake in community shared solar projects.  It will provide greater credit enhancement for moderate income customers and those with lower credit scores to encourage lenders to serve these customers. 

"This program will help homeowners maximize the economic benefits of going solar. I am thrilled to see it move forward and look forward to it working in tandem with private programs to advance our shared goals," said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing.

“Consumer energy efficiency and renewable energy investments are an excellent choice for our members and their customers. The Massachusetts Bankers Association believes that the DOER residential solar loan program is a helpful support mechanism for these investments. We are happy to promote participation in solar lending to Massachusetts banks that have a lot to gain from this new program and its related business opportunities,” said David Floreen, Senior Vice President, Massachusetts Bankers Association.

“Credit Unions around Massachusetts are very excited about this program and the opportunity to work in their local communities to bring this exciting technology and loan product to their members,” said Paul Gentile, President of the Massachusetts Credit Union League. “We and our member credit unions have worked as stakeholders with DOER to establish an attractive program design.  We look forward to working with our members to encourage participation.”

The funding committed to the program comes from Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP). ACP funds are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs.

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