Your guide to solar energy in Massachusetts

Learn how you can save money and energy by harnessing the power of the sun.

Solar power is affordable, accessible and more appealing than ever before. Whether you rent or own, solar power can reduce your energy costs and your environmental impact. Your Mass Save Sponsor has the expertise and experience to help you decide if solar power is the right option for you.

 

 
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Reasons to include solar power in your energy savings plan.

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You'll save energy and money every month.

Massachusetts has the highest energy saving estimates in the country.1 To estimate your savings, use this online solar calculator.

 

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Installation may not be as expensive as you think.

Whether you want to buy or rent solar panels for your home, there are several state and third-party programs to help you lower your upfront costs.

  • The Massachusetts Solar Loan Program includes an interest rate buy-down, income-based loan support, and a loan loss reserve for qualified programs to help you get started.
  • Lease your panels or sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) through a Third-Party Owner (TPO).
    • The TPO will install panels at your property, and then you buy the electricity generated at a below-market rate to save money.
    • Additionally, there is often no upfront cost associated with a TPO, and they are responsible for any future maintenance.

 

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Federal and state tax incentives lower your costs.

A federal tax credit allows you to deduct up to 26% of the cost of a solar panel system from your taxes, although this percentage will decrease in 2021.2 In Massachusetts, you can also receive 15% of the system cost as a credit against your state income tax, up to $1,000. Additionally, Massachusetts also has no sales or property taxes associated with your solar installation.

View all solar incentives available in Massachusetts.

 

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You can reduce your environmental impact while supporting an energy saving industry.

Solar energy reduces carbon emissions and other pollutants by generating power from a renewable source.

With the solar industry growing rapidly, each and every panel installation supports your local solar companies, the jobs they create and the energy savings they help provide.


Consider community solar

If you rent your home or rooftop solar isn't an option for you, community solar may be the perfect alternative.

In a community solar program, you receive energy from a large shared solar panel system located nearby that generates enough energy to provide net savings to all participants.

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Here is a list of community solar providers in Massachusetts:

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much does a typical solar panel system cost?

Prices will vary based on several unique attributes of your home, but on average, Mass residents are paying $3.16 per watt and can pay as low as $2.84 per watt before factoring in tax credits, rebates and other incentives.3

How much money will I save per month?

While savings vary due to differences in climate, retail prices, and electricity consumption patterns, EnergySage estimates customers save between $40 and $125 monthly.

To most accurately estimate your total savings with solar, we recommend using this online solar calculator.

What is net metering?

Net metering allows residential customers to receive credits for solar generation even if they do not line up directly with their home energy consumption. Through this process you'll also receive credits for selling excess power back to the utility.

How does the SMART program work?

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program compensates eligible system owners with monthly payments from their electric utility for 10 years of solar production. Alternative on-bill credits are available through SMART as an alternative to net metering as well.

What system maintenance is required?

Most solar PV systems require little or no maintenance by the homeowner, aside from ensuring the panels remain unobstructed as much as possible.