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- ABOUT MassCEC
Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.
Solarize Massachusetts Plus (Solarize Mass Plus) seeks to increase adoption of small-scale solar electricity and additional complementary technologies.
The 2019 Solarize Mass and Solarize Mass Plus programs are currently accepting community applications. See the "How Do I Apply?" tab for more details.
The following communities are currently participating in the 2018 round: the partnership of Springfield-Longmeadow as part of the Solarize Mass Program, and Lowell as a part of the Solarize Mass Plus Program, opting for solar PV and air source heat pumps.
Communities interested in participating in Solarize Mass must be serviced by a utility that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.
Individuals interested in participating in the program must own property located in a community that is running an active Solarize Mass program.
MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2019 Solarize Mass and Solarize Mass Plus programs, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities.
Interested communities should review the request for proposal documents below. Completed applications should be submitted to Solarize@MassCEC.com.
MassCEC will accept community applications until April 17, 2019 or until program funds have been fully allocated.
Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Community application documents
- 2019 Solarize Mass Community RFP
- Attachment A - 2019 Solarize Mass Community Proposal Checklist and Application
- In addition to RFP materials, communities should review the Solarize Mass Resource Toolkit on the Program Background tab, to learn more and prepare to apply and participate in a Solarize Mass or Solarize Mass Plus program.
2019 Round Informational Webinar:
MassCEC hosted a webinar on Tuesday November 13, 2018 to provide an overview of Solarize Mass and Solarize Mass Plus programs and answer questions. Click here to view the recording of the webinar. Click here to access a PDF of the webinar slides.
Installers interested in applying to participate in the Solarize Mass program should review the Installer Resources page.
Now in its ninth year, Solarize Mass is a partnership between MassCEC and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Click here to see a map of all Solarize Communities and results to date.
How it works
The Solarize Mass program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers and reduced pricing that increases the savings for participants. Each participating community competitively selects a designated solar installation company. Homeowners and business owners who want to participate can either purchase the solar electricity systems directly or enter into a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) with the installer if offered. Under a lease or PPA, the installer will own, operate and maintain the system, while the home or business owner agrees to purchase the power generated by the system as a specific rate.
The Solarize Mass Plus program pairs the Solarize Mass model with an additional technology offering. This program was piloted in 2017 and participating communities opted for Solar PV Plus Solar Hot Water and Solar PV Plus Air Source Heat Pumps. Eligible technologies range from Clean Heating and Cooling technologies to Energy Efficiency or Electric Vehicles. In addition to competitively selecting a solar installation company, MassCEC will assist the community to competitively selecting a vendor for the Plus technology or technologies.
Since Solarize Mass launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 18,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,400 residents and business owners in 69 communities signed contracts resulting in over 22.95 megawatts of contracted capacity. The Solarize Mass Plus pilot resulted in the contracting of an additional 37 clean technologies. In addition, the number of small-scale solar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program. See Solarize Mass Program Results for information and up-to-date results. Starting in 2016 the Solarize Mass program began accepting community applications on a rolling basis; this method continues with the 2019 Solarize Mass Program. To learn more about the current Solarize Mass program, go to the Solarize Mass main page.
Solarize Mass Results
Solarize Mass Resource Toolkit
The below resources provide more information about developing and implementing a Solarize Mass, Solarize Mass Plus, or similar program such as solarize-like or HeatSmart campaign.
- Solarize Mass Community Best Practices Timeline
- The Solarize Guidebook: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems
- Planning and Implementing a Solarize Initiative, A Guide for State Program Managers
- Recommendations for Permitting and Structural Review
- Solarize Mass One-Page Handout
- Interested communities and partners can download, print and distribute this handout to prepare to apply to either program
- Solarize Mass Plus Solar Hot Water 101
- Solarize Mass Plus Air Source Heat Pump 101
- Electric Vehicle (EV) 101
- Template Collaborator Commitment Letter
- Valuable resources from other State entities:
- NYSERDA Solarize Guidebook (Source: NY-SUN)
Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals
Solarize Mass community marketing proposals from 2012 through 2018 are provided below to assist communities and other interested parties in considering different strategies for implementing a Solarize or similiar solar adoption campaign. Developing a marketing proposal prior to the launch of a solar adoption campaign can provide a useful roadmap for communities, and may benefit program results.
|Solarize Mass Community Marketing Proposals (2012 - 2018)|
|2013 Round 2||Adams||Amherst||Andover||Great Barrington-Egremont||Lexington-Bedford|
|2013 Round 1||Bourne||Brookline||Chelmsford-Carlisle||Lee||Medford|