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.

The 2019 round of HeatSmart has launched!  If your community is interested in participating in the 2020 round, check back for updates on the timeline!

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

 

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

  • Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water
  • Website and contact info coming soon!

Belmont

  • Air-source heat pumps
  • Website and contact info coming soon!

Hudson and Stow

  • Air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps
  • Website and contact info coming soon!

Marshfield

  • Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water
  • Website and contact info coming soon!

 

The following communities are currently active participants in the 2018 pilot round:

Nantucket

 

Communities with High Cost Heating Fuels

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.

The 2019 round of HeatSmart has launched!  If your community is interested in participating in the 2020 round, check back for updates on the timeline!

For more information please contact us at HeatSmartMass@masscec.com

Interested communities are encouraged to review materials from the recently launched 2019 round, prior to applying to future rounds. 2019 HeatSmart materials and other resources are listed below. Please note these materials are for reference only.

  • 2019 Solicitation and Application Materials
  • Marketing and Outreach Proposals from previously selected Communities, which can be found on the Program Background Tab
  • FAQ Document
  • HeatSmart One-Page Handout - interested communities and partners can download, print, and distribute this hand out to prepare for the next round of HeatSmart
  • MassCEC hosted a webinar to provide an overview of each of the technologies and answer questions on August 1, 2018. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

 

Installers interested in applying to participate in the HeatSmart Mass program should 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 help 1) drive down the installation cost and 2) increase deployment of residential and small-scale commercial clean heating and cooling installations through a group purchasing model. HeatSmart Mass, now launching its second year of campaigns, is modeled on the highly successful Solarize Massachusetts program, which is now in its ninth year. To date, over 3,400 residents and business owners in 69 communities signed contracts, resulting in over 22.3 megawatts of contracted solar photovoltaic capacity.

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


Background on the Solarize Mass Model:

The links below provide information on the Solarize Mass model, results, and resources.