Rebate Program Overview
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. The total rebate is capped at:
• $4.00/watt and $100,000 per project for non-public entities, and
• $5.20/watt and $130,000 per project for public entities.
The Applicant must demonstrate that 50% or more of the renewable energy produced by the proposed renewable energy system is expected to be used onsite or assigned through net metering based on annual production and usage estimates. For example, the Applicant’s onsite annual electricity consumption and expected net metering accounts must be greater than or equal to 50% of the estimated annual production of the renewable system. Only new construction projects may use energy modeling or similar estimates to demonstrate 50% onsite or assigned usage.
The Installation Rebate is calculated based on rated capacity (kW) using the following equation:
Rated Capacity X 460 + 3200
The Estimated Performance Rebate will be paid with the installation incentive based on estimated electricity production. Estimated electricity production must be calculated using the Commonwealth Wind Evaluation and Siting Tool (CWEST) which is available through Attachment C. The estimated annual production and applicable assumptions will be verified by MassCEC. Please note that CWEST estimates must utilize a 10% wind speed derate factor, as stated in the Customer and Project Requirements section of this solicitation.
The Estimated Performance Rebate is based on Expected Production (kWh) and rated capacity (kW) using the following equation:
Expected Production x 2.8 x (Rated capacity -0.29)
For projects that, after 12 months of operation, outperform their estimated performance, a bonus incentive may be available. This bonus incentive is paid on a $/kWh basis and is of equivalent value to the projected performance incentive. This total bonus incentive is limited to 20% of the estimated performance incentive.
Production-Only Rebate Structure
MassCEC is also currently piloting a “production-only” incentive for projects that do not fall under our Standard Rebate Structure because they do not meet the expected minimum performance threshold. Please see the solicitation documents for further details.
Mandatory System Energy Production Reporting
System Owners of MassCEC-funded renewable energy projects or their designee must report the
system’s electrical output every month to MassCEC’s Production Tracking System (PTS) for at least the
first year of operation.
Reporting Background. In summary, reporting to the PTS involves the following steps:
1. Once the Applicant is awarded a rebate, MassCEC or the PTS Administrator will email the
Awarded Applicant PTS login information including a username and password. The Awarded
Applicant should log in at this time and keep this information in a safe place for later use.
2. Upon project completion, the System Owner, or designated representative, must go to the PTS
website specified in the instructions and enter all first time data (e.g. date the renewable energy
system started producing power).
Complete List Massachusetts Approved Wind Turbines (3/1/2012)
|MANUFACTURER||MODEL||Rotor Diameter (Ft)||kW RATING at 11 M/S|
|Bergey Windpower||BWC XL.1||8.2||1.0|
|Bergey Windpower||BWC EXCEL-S||23||8.86|
|Cascade Renewable Energy||Swift Mark II||7||0.92|
|Endurance Wind Power||S-343||20.9||5.2|
|Endurance Wind Power||E-3120 (three phase)||63||54.8|
|Endurance Wind Power||E-3120 (single phase)||63||48|
|Northern Power Systems||North Wind 100||69||77.7|
|Seaforth Energy||AOC 15/50||49.2||42.4|
|Southwest Windpower||Whisper 200||9||0.98|
|Southwest Windpower||Skystream 3.7||12||2.24|
|Southwest Windpower||Whisper 500||15||3|
|Wind Energy Solutions||Tulipo||16.4||2.625|
|Wind Energy Solutions||WES 18||59||63.8|
|Wind Energy Solutions||WES 30||98.4||179|
|Wind Turbine Industries||Jacobs 31-20||31||16.97|