Massachusetts Solar Rebate and Grant Programs

Posted by cee - December 13, 2011 - MA Solar, Massachusetts solar, Solar Massachusetts News - No Comments

Solar development is gaining momentum in Massachusetts. There is a Renewable Energy Generation division of MassCEC. It is benefiting citizens and businesses in the state. The fund, Renewable Energy Trust Fund, is responsible for assisting over two-thousand projects to promote the development of solar energy.

There is some negative feedback since it is being financed by an electricity payment surcharge for Massachusetts residents. As such, it will not benefit all those who pay the extra fee each month. The funds go to those who construct or purchase solar panels, which of course, is beneficial to the homeowners, business owners and the planet.

Hydroelectric systems and various other renewable energy types are also eligible. Photovoltaic system (PV systems) less than 10 kilowatts (kW) and residential installations receive a rebate following installation. They must be applied for an approved.

There is also the Commonwealth Wind program that assists in getting wind project funding help. Any person or organization that funds a project for community size wind projects is eligible. Investor owned facilities and public ones can apply for these funds.

MassCEC also funds three other programs to fund renewable energy projects in the state of Massachusetts. One is named the Commercial Wind program. It is for large commercial facilities that use wind energy to generate usable electricity.

The second one is the Commonwealth Hydropower, which gives grants to upgrade hydropower plants that are already in existence and use. There are requirements that must be met before such a plant can qualify for funds. These requirements are set by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

The forward thinking Massachusetts also has a Solar II Rebate Program. This is to be applied to the cost of installing a PV, photovoltaic project, which collects the power of the sun. It is stored and used to power a home as needed. In cold weather, some portion of electric power must still be purchased.

When purchasing a solar system, avoid dealing with a salesperson who will urge you to buy a system too large or too expensive. This is no longer necessary because the company can use aerial imagery to give a quote. An installer will then look over your home in person to get an idea of installation time required.

A reputable company will not suggest you purchase a brand that is inferior to others. You, as a consumer, have the right to compare the specifications of each brand to make an educated decision. Each photovoltaic panel system is unique depending on the needs of the installation.

The investment is not a minor cost and the payoff takes years. You are safer purchasing quality solar systems that will endure for the long run. Installation methods should be quality as well. You can check with the Better Business Bureau to verify a company’s reputation.

Invest your time in doing this to protect your solar system investment. Look into the government programs you may be eligible for prior to purchase. There may be requirements that must be taken into account when the installation is done.