Unlike incentives for many prescriptive energy efficiency measures — such as the use of specific high efficiency lighting fixtures or water heating systems — custom incentives apply to more complex or one-of-a-kind measures that go beyond prescriptive guidelines. Custom incentives defray a significant portion of the incremental cost of high efficiency solutions.
The following systems, and others, may be eligible for custom incentives:
- Lighting systems
- HVAC systems
- Demand control ventilation
- Pumping systems
- Chillers and boilers
- Combustion controls
- Heat recovery
- Solar thermal systems
- Steam systems
- Building envelope
- Insulation and weatherization
- Window systems
- Energy management systems
- Process and manufacturing improvements
- Compressed air systems
- Variable speed drives
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Note: special incentives apply
An engineering study, performed by an experienced energy engineer qualified by the Program Administrators, is a fundamental element of the custom incentive process. For retrofit projects, the engineering study assesses the savings potential of high efficiency designs versus the minimum requirements of the state building code. Participants may be eligible for up to 50% of the energy engineer's expense to quantify potential savings.
Electric: Up to 50% of incremental cost of higher efficiency equipment, or an amount that buys down the incremental investment to a 1.5 year simple payback.
Electric and Gas: Up to 50% of the installed equipment cost.
This incentive is available to businesses in Massachusetts that are customers of these Program Administrators:
- Berkshire Gas
- Cape Light Compact
- Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
- National Grid
- Liberty Utilities
Before starting the application process, check with your Program Administrator to determine eligibility of the proposed project and to establish requirement for detailed savings projections and cost estimates.
All applications for incentives under the Custom Application Process require sound documentation of the proposed cost, projected electricity and/or natural gas savings and the related non energy savings.
Information will be submitted to the Program Administrator’s Technical Representative for review and evaluation of potential incentives.
The Technical Representative will develop a Minimum Requirements Document which describes the minimum equipment specifications and operational requirements of the proposed system. The Customer will be required to sign this document.
After successful review and project approval, the Program Administrator will notify customer in writing of the project approval, the incentive amount and the terms and conditions required to receive final incentive payment.
Download the Custom Retrofit Application Form for complete eligibility details, terms, and conditions or contact your Program Administrator for more information.
Contact your Program Administrator before purchasing and installing any equipment or for more information.
Not sure who your Program Administrator is? Use the Find Your Program Administrator tool to see the contact information for your gas or electric service area.