The Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program – Micro Wind Initiative provides rebates for the installation of small wind projects with power capacities from 1 kW to 99 kW and located at residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities. The project site must be located in the territory of either a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or a Municipal Light Plant Department that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. Applications are received on a rolling, first come first served basis.
Through the Micro Wind Initiative, MassCEC has funded more than 70 awards to small wind projects. More than 60 of those projects are now installed and operating. MassCEC’s goal is to provide incentives for the installation of well-performing and responsibly-sited projects using commercially-proven technologies. Micro wind systems are supported through a hybrid rebate consisting of two parts:
Rebate 1: Will be based on the rated capacity of the system at 11 m/s (taken from the system’s power curve). Rebate 2: Will be based on the verified estimate of kilowatt-hours produced by the system for its first year of operation. Ninety percent of the rebate will be paid after project completion and ten percent will be paid after 12 months reporting of electricity production and monitored wind data.