The Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Programs provide funding through a non-competitive application process for the installation of solar hot water (SHW) projects by professional installers at residential, multi-family and commercial-scale buildings. Systems may supplement any fuel type, but must serve facilities that are located in an electric utility territory that contributes to MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which includes customers served by National Grid, NSTAR, Unitil (Fitchburg Gas and Electric), WMECO or a participating Municipal Light Plant community. MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund has reserved $1 million in funds to support the commercial one year pilot program, and $1 million in funds to support the residential one year pilot program. Funds are available until expended.
The Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Residential Program offers grants through a non-competitive application process for SHW construction projects at single-family and multi-family (up to 4 units) residences.
Residential Rebate: $25/per collector x the SRCC thermal performance rating of the collectors (please refer to the kBTU/panel/day for Category C, Mildly Cloudy climates). If your system includes Massachusetts Manufactured components from the list below, you may be eligible to receive an additional $200. Rebates are capped at $3,500 (including $200 MA manufacturer adder) or 25 percent of system costs. In addition to this base rebate, if your residence was affected by the June 1, 2011 tornado in the western part of Massachusetts, you may be eligible to receive additional funding.