Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito administration has announced the selection of the City of Lowell to participate in the 2018 Solarize Mass Plus program, which promotes the adoption of solar technology and air source heat pumps among residents.
A partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and local communities, Solarize Mass aims to reduce the overall cost of solar in municipalities across the state, helping residents save as much as 21% on solar pricing compared to the statewide average, according to the partners’ estimates.
“Communities across Massachusetts are helping the commonwealth establish a nation-leading clean energy economy while increasing access to cost-cutting technologies,” says Gov. Charlie Baker. “Through the Solarize Mass program, our administration is partnering with local municipalities to make solar more affordable for Massachusetts residents.”
“By partnering with the City of Lowell on this program, we are helping bring clean energy to its residents while progressing towards our ambitious climate goals,” adds Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts is leading the country in solar, and by working with our communities to lower costs, we can continue to drive the commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy industry forward.”
The Solarize Mass program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers and reduced pricing that increases the savings for participants.
Since its launch in 2011, 64 cities and towns have participated in Solarize Mass, which has led to contracting more than 3,300 new small-scale installations at homes and businesses – resulting in 22.3 MW of contracted solar capacity. To date, systems installed under Solarize Mass have reduced greenhouse-gas emissions equivalent to removing 1,800 cars off the road annually, according to the program’s partners.
Through a competitive bidding process, communities select designated Solarize Mass installers that feature the most attractive pricing, outreach and community education packages. Solarize Mass programs are currently under way in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.
The Solarize Mass Plus program, first piloted in 2017, pairs the Solarize Mass model with an additional technology offering, such as solar hot water or air source heat pumps.
“Massachusetts is home to a robust solar marketplace because of initiatives like Solarize Mass and our municipal partners,” says Judith Judson, DOER’s commissioner. “DOER is proud to partner with the City of Lowell and communities across the commonwealth to drive down the costs of solar while reducing emissions.”