For many residents, business owners and municipalities throughout Massachusetts, installing a solar electric system is a smart investment that converts clean, free sunlight to electricity, reduces air pollution, reduces or eliminates monthly electricity bills, and contributes to the local economy by creating local jobs and supporting local businesses. 

Go to the MassCEC About Solar page to learn the basics of solar energy, how to find an installer and how solar incentives work, then see if the below programs can help you add solar to your own nonprofit or government agency.


Solarize Massachusetts

Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) is a community-based education, outreach and group buying program that allows residents to band together to save money on solar electric systems. Since Solarize Mass launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 19,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,500 residents and business owners in the 69 communities signed contracts resulting in 23.55 megawatts of contracted capacity. In addition, the number of small-scale solar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program.

The Solarize Mass Plus program pairs the Solarize Mass model with an additional technology offering. This program was first piloted in 2017 and to date participating communities have opted for solar PV plus solar hot water, air source heat pumps, battery storage and/or electric vehicles. Through 2018 programs have resulted in contracts for 43 complementary clean technology systems with 2019 results pending. Eligible technologies range from various Clean Heating and Cooling technologies, to Energy Efficiency or Electric Vehicles.

Key Points
  • Learn about the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity
  • Join with your neighbors and friends to get a lower cost proposal for a solar electric system
  • Save up to 20 percent on the statewide average for solar electricity 
Next Steps
  1. Learn More about solar electricity
  2. Find out if your city or town is currently participating in Solarize Mass
  3. If not, work with your community to apply to Solarize Mass
  4. If your community is participating in Solarize Mass, contact your local group to sign up or to volunteer