Clustered PV Installation Program (Massachusetts)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Massachusetts

Name Clustered PV Installation Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by cluster program

Maximum Incentive 5/Watt-AC


References DSIRE[1]


Six Massachusetts organizations are facilitating the installation of approximately 250 photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes and businesses in clustered regions throughout the state. These organizations will provide outreach activities in their communities and offer installation rebates to lower the PV system purchase cost for consumers. The incentive is partially performance-based in that 70% of the rebate will be paid after the system has successfully operated for 30 days, with the remaining 30% paid as quarterly production payments over three years at a rate of $0.38/kWh of electrical output produced by the PV system. The total production payment is capped at 30% of the installation incentive. The total installation incentive varies from grantee to grantee but is capped at up to $5.00/Watt (AC output).

The six organization were awarded grants for these activities as part of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust’s (RET) $10 million Solar-to-Market Initiative. The RET is the state's public benefits fund administered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC). For more information about the Solar-to-Market Initiative, visit the program Web site shown above.

For details about a program in your area, contact the appropriate organization listed below.

Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corporation received $525,000 for approximately 100 PV installations of 1 kW each on homes and businesses on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Contact: Megan Amsler, (508) 457-7679

Center for Ecological Technology received $325,000 for 5 or 6 PV installations totaling 50 kW on farms, businesses, and institutions such as colleges in Berkshire County. Contact: Nancy Nylen, (413) 445-4556

Conservation Services Group received $397,173 for 38 PV systems totaling 64 kW built as integrated components of new Energy Star homes in Northampton, Townsend, and Wrentham. Contact: Mark Hutchins, (508) 836-9500

Cooperative Development Institute received $350,000 for 25 PV systems averaging 2 kW each on homes and businesses in the Franklin County Regional Council of Governments area which includes all of Franklin County as well as Phillipston, Athol, and Amherst. Contact: Don Campbell of Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics, (413) 772-8788

Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance received $525,000 for approximately 40 PV systems totaling 100 kW installed on City of Newton buildings, plus homes and businesses in Boston, Newton, Brookline and Somerville. Contact: Leslie Grossman, (617) 524-3950

Massachusetts Institute of Technology received grants totaling $455,701 for 40 PV installations totaling 75 kW on the MIT campus as well as on schools, homes, and businesses in Cambridge, Watertown, Arlington, Lexington, and Waltham. Contact: Laxmi Rao, (617) 253-6821

As of September 2003, about 25 systems have been installed and another 20 to 30 are expected to be installed by the end of the year.

For details about other MTC programs, incentives available for PV in areas not covered by these six grants, or information about upcoming Massachusetts RET programs, contact Sam Nutter at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"