Find out how to receive funding for your renewable small energy system
Rebates for systems 10kW or less
The Renewable Energy Trust is providing funding for small energy systems through the Small Renewables Initiative. The intention of the trust, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is to maximize "environmental and economic benefits" for MA citizens by "pioneering and promoting clean energy technologies and fostering the emergence of sustainable markets for electricity generated from renewable sources. "
They hope to achieve these benefits through such programs as the Small Renewables Initiative. The initiative offers chosen applicants from the Commonwealth up to $50,000 in rebates for design and construction of renewable energy projects 10kW or less. These projects may be retrofits or new construction and may include solar panels, a small wind turbine or a micro-hydroelectric system.
Project sites must be in Massachusetts and the rebates may be awarded for projects at residences or commercial, industrial, institutional or public facilities. The location must consume 90% of the energy produced by the project. Applicants must also be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility. See if rebates are available in your area here.
The actual rebate is based on a "$/watt" installed rebate matrix. More information on the matrix may be found here. Funds will be awarded on a rolling or on-going bases until all the funds have been allocated.
Homeowners across the Bay State have already taken advantage of this funding. Cape Codders too, including Christi and Paul Kemprecos who have fitted their Dennis Port home with a 2kW solar array. There home is pictured on the right.
For more information on the rebates and the application process and policies, visit the Small Renewable Initiative website here.