The offices of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito have announced a rebate program through a partnership between the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Massachusetts Municipal Electric Cooperative (MMWEC) and Energy New England (ENE), for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in certain Municipal Light Plant (MLP) service territories. The $2.3 million program is funded by DOER with a 50% cost-shared between ENE and the MMWEC.
“Massachusetts’ nation-leading solar industry has installed over 2,375 MW of solar across all 351 cities and towns,” says Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass. “Partnering with municipal light plants for this program will ensure that all residents and businesses have access to initiatives that support the expansion of solar, lowering emissions and energy bills for residents and businesses across the commonwealth.”
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito also commented on the new plan saying, “This solar incentive rebate program for municipal light plant customers will increase access to clean energy by making solar adoption more cost-effective for residents and businesses in more communities. We look forward to further collaboration with our municipal partners to achieve our shared clean energy goals.”
Customers that are served by Municipal Light Plants do not contribute to the costs of the Commonwealth’s new solar incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) and are therefore ineligible. In the Commonwealth’s transition from the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) programs to the SMART program, this program provides MLP customers with an opportunity to reduce the costs of installing solar on their property. The program requires MLPs to provide a 50% cost-share of the incentives directly to their residents. Depending on which municipality they live in, customers will be able to apply through ENE or MMWEC for rebates up to $1.20 per watt capped at 50% of total project costs for projects equal to 25 kilowatts (kW) or less. The program will begin accepting applications on May 20, 2019.
“Through this program, Massachusetts will continue to provide support to increase solar adoption for all residents and businesses while assisting in meeting our greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Municipal light plants are key partners in the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy and reduce emissions.”
The Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Johnson applauds the growth of the green energy interest in Massachusetts. She commented, “This collaborating between communities with municipal light plants and the Commonwealth is another way we are bringing clean, affordable and resilient energy to residents across Massachusetts. We commend the MLPs and look forward to working with these partners to implement a successful program.”
The program will be available to 45 towns serviced by MLPs, which are home to over 875,000 residents. To date, there are 2,417 projects amounting to 187 MW of installed solar in the participating MLPs. This program will result in an approximately 30% increase in installed solar capacity of projects sized 25 kilowatts or less in these 45 communities.
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