Find out about everything from purchasing wind energy through NSTAR to installing solar panels for your home. Although efficiency is generally the cheapest way to reduce energy bills and your carbon footprint, renewables are another attractive option.
Purchase Renewable-Generated Electricity
Install Renewables for Your Home
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) runs the renewable incentives programs including Commonwealth Solar and Commonwealth Wind, which were formerly hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Through these programs you can receive up to $8,500 for a photovoltaic system or up to $40,000 for a micro-wind installation. MassCEC also launched the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program for residential and multi-family (1 to 4 unit) homes. Qualifying participants can receive up to 50% back on their solar hot water system purchase through various incentives.
An experienced contractor can help you navigate the grant application and installation process. SEBANE and NESEA both offer directories of qualified solar installers, and NESEA’s “green pages” also include contractors for wind, geothermal and more.
Solar Installation Guides
Lease Solar for your Home
Not ready to buy solar panels? If your roof has good solar potential, many companies will lease your roof space to install solar panels. You lock in a reduced electricity rate, but you will need little or no up-front cash to buy the equipment. The company takes care of all maintenance. Consult the following to find a solar leasing company:
- List of installers that have been awarded under one of MassCEC’s Commonwealth Solar programs. See the “Third Party Owner” column.
- This blog provides a list
- Use Google to Search keyword “Solar Leasing” or “Solar PPA” with your area code.
Invest in Renewables for Others
You can invest in bringing more renewable energy to New England by making a contribution at New England Wind Fund, or New Generation Energy. Both organizations help local groups with the cost of renewable energy installations.
Paying for a Renewable Energy Installation
In April of 2010 CEA sponsored an event dedicated to informing the public about financing solar energy installations, and the presentations of several organizations in the field are available.
Find out more about federal, state, and utility incentives through ENERGY STAR or DSIRE. Our residential financing page lists other programs and services which you may also be able to take advantage of.
If you have further questions, contact the Energy Advisor.
Also read about renewable energy and energy efficiency on our Interactive Home with DIY Tips.