DOER has launched the SAPHIRE program (“Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency”) in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Massachusetts School Buildings Authority (MSBA) to promote renewable thermal heating and cooling upgrades in public schools and state public housing across the Commonwealth. Several of the current SAPHIRE projects have incorporated biomass technologies into local schools across Massachusetts.
The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified models that use less fuel and reduce energy costs. Launched in 2012, the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The program has helped more than 850 residents swap out their dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, with more than 350 of these rebates going to low-income residents.