Financing & Incentives
Brownfield Cleanup and Reuse
Funding through state and federal brownfield programs may be available for clean energy and energy efficiency projects being developed on contaminated sites. Funding (grants and loans), environmental insurance and tax incentives are available for site assessment, cleanup and redevelopment or reuse projects with clean energy and energy efficiency components.
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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DSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Solar Carve-Out / SREC I
Beginning in January 2010, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) carved-out a portion of the RPS Class I Renewable Energy requirement to support distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facilities, as provided by the Green Communities Act of 2008. Statement of Qualification Applications from facilities seeking qualification under the program were accepted through April 25, 2014.
MassCEC Commonwealth Solar II
Provides rebates for business and residential solar panel installations.
MassCEC Commonwealth Wind
Supports the development of appropriately-sited wind energy facilities.
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.
U.S. EPA Superfund & Green Remediation
Since its inception in 1980, the Superfund Program has made considerable progress toward cleaning up contaminated sites and responding to emergencies involving hazardous substances. Learn more about federal efforts to promote green remediation in efforts to reduce energy consumption and costs associated with energy intensive cleanups.
Sustainable Remediation - FAQs
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and MassDEP hold as a high priority identifying opportunities to promote energy conservation and use of renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar energy. As part of achieving the Commonwealth's clean energy policy goals, BWSC is promoting the incorporation of sustainability considerations into remedy selection, implementation, and optimization at 21E sites.
Requirements & Technical Assistance
- Addressing Renewable Energy Development at Contaminated Properties in Massachusetts – Managing Chapter 21E Liability
Massachusetts Contaminated Land Profiles
Updated June 2014. Spreadsheet includes information about property location, cleanup status, acreage, wind speed, distance to nearest electricity transmission lines, and more. Additional information including maps, and links to both electronically submitted and, when available, scanned documents can be found by searching MassDEP’s online searchable site list by release tracking number, site name, address, status, and/or chemical type at Online Sites List.
- Q & A: Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Photovoltaics on Massachusetts Landfills
Municipalities can save energy and cut costs by “recycling” old landfills into solar farms.
Revitalizing Contaminated Sites: Addressing Liability Concerns
U.S. EPA fact sheet, March 2012.
Screening Sites for Solar PV Potential
Decision tree to guide stakeholders through a process for screening sites for their suitability for
future redevelopment with solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, April 2012.
U.S. EPA - Re-Powering America's Land
Potential advantages of reusing potentially contaminated land for renewable energy. U.S. EPA, July 2012.
Screening Sites for Wind Energy Potential
Decision tree to guide stakeholders through a process for screening sites for future redevelopment with wind
energy, April 2012.
- Overheads: An Introduction to MassDEP’s Clean Energy Results Program
Solar Model Bylaw Mar 2012.pdf
This Model Bylaw was prepared to assist cities and towns in establishing reasonable standards to facilitate development of large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations. Prepared by the Department of Energy Resources, March 2012.
Wind Energy Model Zoning By-Law
Use our updated wind bylaw for assistance in establishing standards for wind power development.
MassGIS Wind Energy Large Scale Site Screening Tool
Interactive map application features towns with both parcel and significant high wind.
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.
WMECo has been authorized by the Department of Public Utilities to build up to 6 megawatts (MW) of solar facilities before the end of 2012. Our solar program focuses on developing large-scale solar facilities on sites that offer economies of scale and cost-effective energy production.