Guide to energy rebates and incentives available in Massachusetts including: energy efficiency (home, appliances, business), renewables, clean heating and cooling, alternative transportation and more.
Guide Massachusetts Energy Rebates & Incentives
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Commonwealth Energy Tool for Savings (energyCENTS)
Massachusetts offers some of the best energy rebates and incentives in the country. This guide will help consumers, businesses and municipalities find information on the energy efficiency and clean energy (renewable) rebates, incentives and programs available today.
The Commonwealth Energy Tool for Savings (energyCENTS) provides a single entry point to all of the energy saving opportunities available to Massachusetts residents, businesses and institutions. You can find rebates, loans and financing for electric vehicles, appliances, home energy assessments, solar electricity and far more and then go directly to the sponsor’s website.
Rebates/Incentives for your home
Energy Efficiency Programs
Mass Save is the Commonwealth's nation leading energy efficiency program provider. Below are a list of included services for home owners of single family homes and up to 4 units in a multi-family property.
- Rebates & Incentives: heating and cooling, lighting and appliances, weatherization, building or renovating a home, financing, and additional special offers.
- Air Source Heat Pumps & Mini-Split Systems: rebates available for electric heating and cooling equipment
- Energy Assessments: includes home owners, renters, landlords
- Income Eligible Programs: based on your household income, find out if you are eligible for no-cost or discounted energy efficiency services.
- Residential New Construction: promotes the construction of energy efficient homes in Massachusetts. Incentives for single-family homes and multi-family homes (3 stories or less)
- Renovations & Additions: provides incentives for including energy-efficiency upgrades in renovations and/or additions to existing homes. Incentives for upgrading single-family or multi-family homes (3 stories or less)
- For multi-families with 5+ units visit here for available programs
Mass Save also has an On-Line Free Home Energy Assessment tool.
Consumers can also find a shopping guide on Mass Save for lighting, equipment, appliances, electronics and recycling programs.
Clean Energy (Renewable) Programs
- Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program (SMART): a long-term sustainable solar incentive program offered by DOER and sponsored by National Grid, Eversource and Unitil electric utilities and open to those utility customers.
- Municipal Light Plant Solar Rebate Program: DOER has partnered with the Massachusetts Municipal Electric Cooperative (MMWEC) and Energy New England (ENE), to offer a rebate program for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in certain Municipal Light Plant (MLP) service territories. Find the list of participating Municipal Light plants here:
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC): manages the Renewable Energy Trust Fund for the Commonwealth. Among its residential programs are:
- Clean Heating and Cooling: including modern wood heating, Whole Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot, , solar (including solar hot water systems) and more.
- Solar Programs including Mass Solar Loan and Solarize Mass. The CEC also publishes a Homeowners Guide to Solar that helps consumers understand financing involved in solar installation and general information page About Solar, information also available for Landlords on same page.
The following energy programs are also available in Massachusetts
- Home Energy MVP: DOER's program that leverages existing energy efficiency and clean energy rebates for home renovations that enhance energy savings. Open to both investor owned utility and municipal utility customers.
- Heat Loan Barrier Mitigation Grants: DOER funded grants that remove barriers to weatherization for Mass Save income eligible consumers.
- Muni-Helps: Massachusetts municipal electric and gas utilities' energy programs; participating municipal utilities listed here.
- Home Energy Assistance Programs: state run income eligible programs including fuel assistance and weatherization
- MOR-EV: State funded Electric Vehicle Rebate program for purchasing and leasing EVs has been extended. Starting on January 1, 2020, MOR-EV will support qualifying battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) up to a $50,000 final purchase price with a $2,500 rebate. Additionally, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVS) with an all-electric range of 25 miles or greater and with a final purchase price up to $50,000 are eligible for a $1,500 rebate. Rebates will not be made available to purchases made prior to January 1, 2020.Eligible vehicles listed here.
- MassEVIP Multi-Unit Dwelling Charging Incentives
Provides incentives for owners of multi-unit dwellings to acquire EV charging stations (10 or more units)
- Tax Incentives: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States, includes all state and federal tax incentives for each state.
Rebates/Incentives for your business or institution
Energy Efficiency Programs
In addition to residential programs, Mass Save also offers incentives, rebates and programs for businesses. Here is a summary of what's available:
Solutions for Whole Buildings
- Facility Assessments Upgrade your outdated equipment or add energy efficiency into your renovation plan.
- New Buildings and Major Renovations: From planning to implementation, we help businesses incorporate energy savings into their new construction projects.
Eligible Equipment Rebates
- Add New Equipment: Add new, high-efficiency equipment to your energy mix and save.
- Upgrade for Savings: Save energy and money when you upgrade to today’s high-efficiency equipment.
- Replace End-of-Life Equipment: If your equipment is no longer operational, replace it with today’s high-efficiency models.
- Equipment & Systems Performance Optimization: Tune controls already in place at your facility to ensure optimal operations enhancing comfort, production and energy efficiency in your space.
Mass Save also has a Learning Page with equipment information, servicing and financing, recycling, technical assistance and engineering services and more.
Clean Energy (Renewable) Programs
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program (SMART): a long-term sustainable solar incentive program offered by DOER and sponsored by National Grid, Eversource and Unitil electric utilities and open to those utility customers.
Municipal Light Plant Solar Rebate Program: DOER has partnered with the Massachusetts Municipal Electric Cooperative (MMWEC) and Energy New England (ENE), to offer a rebate program for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in certain Municipal Light Plant (MLP) service territories. Find the list of participating Municipal Light plants here:
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) offers several programs for businesses:
- Clean Heating and Cooling: includes ground-source heat pumps, wood heating systems and solar hot water.
- Solar Electricity: visit About Commerical Solar to learn the basics of solar electricity, find information and resources about how to procure solar, and ask questions from a commercial solar advisor.
- Hydropower: grants to businesses (for-profit or non-profit) for eligible projects to upgrade their hydroelectric systems.
- Organics-to-Energy:projects transform certain types of waste – including food, animal waste and yard waste – into renewable electricity or heat.
- Wind Energy: includes grant funding and technical assistance
- Clean Vehicle Program: Public & Private Fleets: As part of a statewide clean energy initiative, the DOER is providing a financial incentive for the replacement and conversion of conventional vehicles to integrate alternative, cleaner burning, fuel reducing technologies.
- Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Funded Grants & Incentives: run by Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), these programs include funding for MassEVIP Public Access Charging Incentives, that help property owners with publicly accessible parking get EV charging stations and MassEVIP Workplace Charging Incentives for employers to acquire Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations.
Visit the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition for more information on alternative transportation in the Commonwealth.
Tax Incentives: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States, includes all state and federal tax incentives for each state.
Green Communities: DOER's Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from Regional Coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools. Currently 240 of Massachusetts 351 cities and towns are Green Communities. To learn more about how your community can become a green community visit the Becoming a Green Community Guide.
The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is part of a nationwide partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program. Clean Cities aims to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector and support development of infrastructure necessary to make alternative fuel vehicles a viable transportation option. Cities and towns can get assistance on converting fleets and installing infrastructure to support adoption of alternative vehicles. Check out the Electric School Bus Pilot to see what your community can do.
Energy Management Services: is an alternative public procurement method used to purchase energy conservation measures, energy efficiency and water conservation measures and onsite energy generation.
Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants. 2019 Solarize Mass closed in April 2019 but new round for 2020 will be later this year.
Visit Mass CEC for more information on additional renewable energy programs for governments and non profits:
Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit offered by Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) the toolkit provides comprehensive resources and tools for your community to save money and energy, and to protect its natural resources.
State Facilities/Public Colleges/Universities
Leading by Example: works with the Massachusetts state government to set targets for facilities in regards to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water conservation, clean transportation and renewable energy.
Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition: in addition to private business and municipalities, Mass CCC works with LBE to assist with procurement of and infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles for state entities.
Rebates/Incentives for Farms
The Agricultural Energy Grant Program (ENER) is a competitive grant program that funds agricultural energy projects in an effort to improve energy efficiency and the adoption of alternative energy by Massachusetts farms. Includes traditional grant for renewables/efficiency measures and 'special projects" grants with greater cost but bigger long-term benefits. To learn more about this program, click here.
The ACRE program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to climate change, improves economic resiliency and advances the general goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan. To learn more about eligibility and funding rounds, click here.
MDAR working in conjunction with USDA NRCS and Berkshire Pioneer Resource Conservation & Development, created the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP). Now in its eighth year of operation, MFEP is intended to be the one-stop shop for Agri-businesses in Massachusetts, being a clearinghouse of information, technical assistance, incentives, rebates, grant programs, etc. Please visit Mass Farm Energy and become part of the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program.
The Farm Energy Discount Program provides discounts on electricity and natural gas bills of 10% to eligible entities engaged in production agriculture. Subject to certification by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), click here for more information.
For more information on additional agricultural programs visit the MDAR Energy Programs page
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS): Massachusetts' RPS was one of the first programs in the nation that required a certain percentage of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy.
Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS): established to complement the RPS Program, providing requirements and incentives for alternative electricity technologies.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): a cooperative effort by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States to reduce CO2 emissions from large fossil-fueled power plants. RGGI is a regulatory program that uses market incentives to combat climate change.
Energy Storage Initiative: aims to make Massachusetts a national leader in the emerging energy storage market.
The Mass. Energy Data section of DOER's website highlights data used by DOER and others to determine how the state uses energy and how much progress we are making in reaching our clean energy goals.