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.

HeatSmart Massachusetts 2020 is currently accepting applications from interested towns and cities! 

All towns and cities in Massachusetts are eligible to apply. See the “How Do I Apply?” tab for more information.

Communities with a higher prevalence of high cost heating fuels are great candidates for HeatSmart Mass! Households with high cost heating fuels (oil, electric resistance, and propane) will see the highest cost savings for switching to clean heating and cooling. Review this map to see the number of households in your community that heat with high cost heating fuels.

Individuals interested in participating in the program must own property located in a community that is running an active HeatSmart Mass program.

The following communities are currently participating in the 2019 round:

Arlington and Winchester

Belmont

Hudson and Stow

Marshfield

MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the HeatSmart Mass program, with a goal of selecting up to 3 communities or groups of communities. Each community will choose one or more clean heating and cooling technologies to promote as part of HeatSmart Mass. The eligible clean heating and cooling technologies are air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water.

Interested communities and community applicants shall complete the following steps:

  1.  Review RFP documentation: Interested communities should review the community request for proposal documents below.Review background and supporting information

Community application documents:

  2.  Review background and supporting information: In addition to RFP materials, communities should review the HeatSmart Mass Resource Toolkit on the Program Background tab below, to learn more and prepare to apply and participate in a HeatSmart Mass program.

  3.  Attend the informational webinar: MassCEC hosted a webinar to provide an overview of each of the technologies and answer questions about both the HeatSmart Mass and Solarize Mass Plus Programs on October 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00PM. If you couldn't attend the webinar, you can review the slides or a recording of the webinar, which is posted here.

  4.  Ask questions: Please submit all questions to the HeatSmart Massachusetts Team, at HeatSmartMass@masscec.com no later than 11:59PM on October 18, 2019. “HeatSmart Massachusetts 2020 RFP – Community Question” must appear in the email subject line. Responses to submitted questions, and other frequently asked questions, will be posted by October 25, 2019 at 5:00PM on MassCEC’s website. If you have a more complicated question or a unique situation you would like to discuss, please reach out to us at HeatSmartMass@masscec.com and we will set up a time to talk.

  5.  Submit a completed proposal: After reviewing the community request for proposals and communities shall submit a completed application to HeatSmartMass@MassCEC.com

  6.  Responses to this RFP must be received by MassCEC no later than 11:59pm on November 15, 2019. Only complete, timely responses will be considered. “HeatSmart Massachusetts 2020 RFP –Community Proposal” must appear in the email subject line.

The Installer RFP will be posted after the Communities are selected. Installers interested in applying to participate in the HeatSmart Mass program should review RFP for details once it becomes available and visit the Installer Resources page.

 

The HeatSmart Massachusetts Program is a partnership between MassCEC and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

How it works

HeatSmart Mass is a community-based outreach and education program that will encourage the adoption of clean heating and cooling technologies including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water. The Program aims to increase community awareness and increase adoption of residential and small-scale commercial clean heating and cooling installations through a group purchasing model. HeatSmart Mass, now launching its third year of campaigns, is modeled on the highly successful Solarize Massachusetts program, which is now in its tenth year. 

Each participating community competitively selects designated installer(s) to offer one or more of the clean heating and cooling technologies to interested residents.

HeatSmart Mass Community Marketing Proposals

Developing a marketing proposal prior to the launch of a community group purchasing campaign can provide a useful roadmap for communities and may benefit program results. It may be helpful to refer to the marketing plans for the communities that participated in the HeatSmart Pilot or are currently participating in the 2019 round. All community marketing plans and other resources are available below.

HeatSmart Mass Community Marketing Proposals & Technologies (2018-2019)
2019

Arlington-Winchester

  • Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water

Belmont

  • Air-source heat pumps

Hudson-Stow

  • Air-source heat pumps, and ground-source heat pumps

Marshfield

  • Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water
2018

Bolton-Harvard

  • Air-source heat pumps, and ground-source heat pumps

Concord-Carlisle-Lincoln

  • Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating

Great Barrington

  • Air-source heat pumps

Nantucket

  • Air-source heat pumps (proposal only), and solar hot water


Pilot Program Results

 

Initial Interests

Site Visits

Contracts Signed

Community

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

Bolton/Harvard

176

119

- -

118

52

-

-

35

12

-

-

Carlisle/Concord/Lincoln

273

164

56

-

163

62

1

-

40

23

1

-

Nantucket

-

- -

61

-

- -

14

- - -

5

Great Barrington

73

-

- -

40

-

- -

1

-

- -
Total 522 283 56 61 321 114 1 14 76 35 1 5

 

2019 Program Results (updated on 9/16/19, campaigns still in progress)

 

Initial Interests

Site Visits

Contracts Signed

Community

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

ASHP

GSHP

MWH

SHW

Arlington/Winchester

293 144 42 158 207 23 8 74 62 5 0 24
Belmont 147 - - - 66 - - - 20 - - -
Hudson/Stow 127 16 - - 90 12 - - 15 2 - -
Marshfield 21 10 6 13 15 1 0 7 4 0 0 1
Total 588 170 48 171 378 36 8 81 101 7 0 25

 

HeatSmart Mass Resources: