Massachusetts Funds Municipal Solar Rebate Program

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito have announced a rebate program through 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.” Gov. Baker has been serving as the Governor since January 8, 2015, and his “get stuff done” mentality has served Massachusetts well as he seeks to combat climate change and rising energy costs with initiatives like this one. 

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.”

As of May 20, 2019, the Commonwealth’s transition from the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) has provided Municipal Light Plant customers the opportunity to save money on the installation of solar power systems—currently, these customers do not pay into the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This transition has made solar options accessible to MLP residents by providing them with 50 percent cost incentives for rebates of up to $1.20/Watt. 

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides said, “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. 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 Municipal Light Plant and look forward to working with these partners to implement a successful program.” 

 

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