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Resources for MA Residents

General Information & Grants

MassSAVE - FREE home energy assessments, incentives and zero-interest loans for energy efficiency updates and purchases of high efficiency equipment.

Ener-G-Save - For Pioneer Valley residents, this non-profit facilities the MassSAVE energy assessment process, aids in finding contractors to do energy efficiency updates, and advises on additional energy savings options (e.g. heat pumps, solar installations).

MA Clean Energy Center - Grants for clean heating & cooling projects, funding for woodstove change-outs, solar energy information.

American Lung Association Woodstove Changeout Program - Grants for replacing old and inefficient woodstoves for western MA residents.

MA Department of Energy Resources - General information about state programs to improve energy efficiency and increase adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Center for EcoTechnology - Information and technical assistance regarding green building, recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Solar Photovolatics (PV)

Purchasing a Home with a Solar Photovoltaic Array - Considering purchasing a home that has an existing solar PV array?  Read our fact sheet for information about what you should ask the seller.

Considering a Solar Photovoltaic Array for Your Home - Considering installing a solar PV array on your property?  This fact sheet covers basic financial and operational considerations for residential-scale solar PV arrays.

Calculating SMART Incentives for New Residential Solar Photovoltaic Arrays - Detailed instructions on how to use the SMART calculator to determine the SMART incentives for residential-scale solar PV development on your property.

Municipal Light Plant Solar Rebate Program - If you are served by a municipal utility, (that is, not an investor-owned utility like Eversource, National Grid, or Unitil), your solar system cannot qualify for SMART incentives.  However, you may be eligible for incentives through this program.

Guide to Residential Solar PV - All the basics of solar PV systems and how to get a system installed for your home, from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Mass Solar Loan Program - Low-interest, fixed-rate loans to help residents purchase solar photovoltaic systems.

Wind Energy

Residential Wind Energy - Information on how to determine if a residential-scale wind turbine is right for your property, and how to get a system installed, from the UMass Wind Energy Center.

Municipal Aggregation

Municipal Aggregation - Information about how your community can purchase electricity in bulk to obtain price savings, price stability, and a greener electricity supply.