Financing & Incentives
Financial & Technical Assistance for Anaerobic Digestion Projects
A matrix of grant, loan and assistance programs available to renewable energy developers who are proposing organics processing projects.
Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants
MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants offer funding for recycling, composting/organics, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.
Net Metering Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Net metering allows customers of an electric distribution company to generate their own electricity from clean energy sources in order to offset their electricity usage. Net metering can lower a customer's electricity bill by reducing the amount of electricity the customer must buy from the distribution company. Net metering also allows customers to be compensated for any electricity they generate but do not use. Learn more about net-metering from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
The Green Communities Division strives to help all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies. The division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools.
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State Revolving Fund
The SRF Program provides low-interest loans to cities, towns, and other local governmental units for drinking water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects.
MassCEC Commonwealth Organics-To-Energy
MassCEC's Organics-to-Energy program provides funding to educate businesses and communities about organics-to-energy technologies, help communities and businesses evaluate organics-to-energy projects, and support construction of facilities.
Massachusetts Production Based Incentives
The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) provides production based incentives for anaerobic digestion. The Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (APS) provides production based incentives for Combined Heat and Power, a technology that is used with anaerobic digestion to convert biogas into electricity.
Federal Funding & Financing
The U.S. Department of Energy offers a number of grant, loan and financing programs in support of public and private clean energy projects.
Featured Video: Jordan Dairy Farm
The Mass Clean Energy Center provided Jordan Dairy Farms with $360,000 to fund feasibility studies, and design, and construction costs, while the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources contributed over $50,000 toward other project costs. State and federal officials gathered to celebrate the project's completion in June 2011 in Rutland, Mass.
Requirements & Technical Assistance
- 310 CMR 16.00 & 19.000, 314 CMR 12.00: Building Capacity for Managing Organics Amendments, November 2012
310 CMR 16.00: Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities
Siting approval requirements for solid waste facilities, including landfills, combustion facilities, and recycling, composting and conversion operations.
- Water Resources Regulations & Standards
Agriculture and Farm Regulations
Department of Agricultural Resources Regulations
Provided by the U.S. EPA AgSTAR
Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Use
Provided by the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA). Much of the information was prepared for presentations to "Digester Day," May 8, 2012.
Anaerobic Digestion: Questions & Answers
What is anaerobic digestion, how it works, what biogas is used for, and more.
A Glossary of Common Anaerobic Digestion Terms
Concise definitions of the "vocabulary" of anaerobic digestion.
Using sludge from wastewater treatment plants can generate energy using anaerobic digestion that provides both heat and electricity.
- Biogas: An Important Renewable Energy Source Fact Sheet from the World Bioenergy Association
Tapping the Energy Potential of Municipal Wastewater Treatment: Anaerobic Digestion and Combined Heat and Power in Massachusetts file size 2MB
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) present an untapped source of renewable energy. When anaerobically digested, those biosolids generate biogas which may be captured and used for heat and electricity. This study provides background information and case studies of biogas production and usage at WWTPs in Massachusetts and nationally.
AGR Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance
Working with the Divisions of Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop Management and Inspectional Services, the Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA) works to advance the conservation and utilization of agricultural resources through preservation, environmental stewardship, technology, technical assistance and education in order to enhance the viability of agricultural enterprises and safeguard natural resources.
- Map & List Combined: Massachusetts Permitted Food Residuals Processors, June 2013
Distributed Generation and Interconnection
If you install new technology or a system, such as solar panels or a wind turbine on your site, there are resources to help you understand the process of interconnection with utilities. This link will take you to DOER's Google Web site.
- Q & A: Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Systems