Community Solar in Massachusetts

Access Solar Power without owning Panels!

Solar power is the “wicked smaht” solution to the world’s energy needs, and the people of Massachusetts know it. As of 2022, solar power in Massachusetts accounts for about 20% of the state’s electricity!

The Massachusetts state government set a lofty goal to have 1,600 megawatts of solar power installed by the end of 2020, and they actually surpassed that goal. Today, there are more than 125,000 solar installations, pumping 3,607 megawatts of power into the grid, with another 1,537 megawatts projected over the next five years.

You might think Massachusetts runs on Dunkin’, but it actually runs on solar! 

With solar power more accessible than ever, there are plenty of options to choose from to enjoy clean, renewable energy. You can purchase panels for your roof, opt for a rent-to-own option, or opt for the innovative new community solar in Massachusetts.

No matter which you choose, enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re helping the planet—and cutting your energy bills!

Go Solar without panels on your roof?

Residential solar in Massachusetts has been limited by multiple hurdles that homes face around the country.

“If you own a home — and it has a roof that is the right size, type and exposure, etc. — then you can buy, finance, or lease panels that are bolted to your roof to generate energy.”

Solar energy is out of reach for most people.

In fact, solar power in Massachusetts is accessible to only about 20% of residents. But what about everyone else!?

Benefits of Community Solar in Massachusetts

Community Solar is a membership to a local solar farm
where you get clean energy at 10-25% off!

No Panels

You don’t have to purchase, finance, or lease a solar system or attach anything to your home! There is no maintenance or installation. Just easy access to clean energy at a discount!

No Roof

You don’t have to worry about your roof size, age, or if trees are shading it.

No Limit

You don’t have to own your home or apartment. Renters can access solar!

No Problem!

You don’t have to commit to decades of paying off panels. Bring it if you move!

How Community Solar Works

Pay nothing, save money, help the environment AND a local business?? Really?

The cost of solar installation isn’t a burden you have to bear alone.

Instead of purchasing expensive solar panels and installing them on the roof of your house, community solar is more of a team-effort when it comes to producing solar power. 

Here’s how community solar programs work:

  1. A solar farm site is built in a suitable location, with ready connection to the electricity grid.
  2. People from around the state contribute money for management and maintenance of the farm, typically via monthly subscription.
  3. Large credits from power generated by the community solar project are sent back to the participants, ultimately reducing their electricity bills. 

Since the solar farm isn’t on your personal property, community solar members don’t have to own a “solar-ready” home in order to receive solar power. They don’t even have to own their home! This is a great option for renters. Plus, you don’t have to pay for the expensive upfront costs or worry about maintenance.

Even Massachusetts residents who rent or live in apartments can enjoy clean, renewable solar energy.

 

Support your Local Solar Farmers

Why buy dirty energy, often from the other side of the world, when you can use clean energy — from Bay Staters right outside town?

Community Solar Farms in Massachusetts allow family farmers to lease some of their land for utilities and partners to set up small solar farms.

Solar supports farm income and keeps energy local!

Get Your Energy from a Solar Farm!

Community Solar allows a group of people to “subscribe” to a solar farm.

A solar farm feeds clean energy into the electricity grid, which you get at a locked in savings rate every month!

Sign up for Community Solar in Massachusetts!

1

Get Started

Register your interest in saving money on electricity by joining a local solar farm in
Massachusetts.

Register Your Interest!
2

Get Matched

If solar farms are open in your area, we’ll match you to see. Or select a project yourself here!

Join a Solar Farm
3

Start Saving!

Within 1-3 months your solar farm goes active, and you receive a new lower energy bill!

Save 10-25% on Energy

Solar Power to the People

Community solar in Massachusetts is gaining popularity because of its affordability and accessibility.

Without the need to purchase and install panels on your roof, community solar is a much more affordable option that can benefit so many more people!

This includes renters, row homes, apartments, and rooftops that are not a good fit for solar panels.

Reviews of Community Solar in Massachusetts


Frequently
Asked
Questions

Pay nothing, save money on your bills, help the environment, and help a local business?? Seems too good to be true. It’s not!

Switching to Community Solar is easy!

Register here with your email and we’ll show you which solar farms you’re eligible for, and how much you can save.

Your relationship with your utility company won’t change at all!

Only the electrons that power your house. You’ll still receive energy the same way — it will just be cleaner and cheaper!

Start here to see if Community Solar works for you!

Looking to completely eliminate your energy bills and maybe even get a check every month from the utility company (for a change)? Installing solar panels on your home is a great way to power your home with nothing but clean, renewable, and environmentally friendly energy. Of course, nothing in life that’s worth it comes easy.

Solar panel installation can come at a pretty steep initial price. The average cost of a solar panel installation in Massachusetts is $3.09 per watt, which translates to between $13,132 and $17,768 for a complete installation. Where you land in the price range depends on the size and power of the installation. Obviously, the bigger and stronger the system, the more expensive it’ll be. 

Don’t go into shock just yet! The up-front equipment and installation cost might look scary, but it only gets better from there. Remember, you’re going to be saving money on your energy bills the minute they hook the panels up to your home’s energy line. You might even eliminate them! Over time, the panels will pay for themselves.

For residential solar in Massachusetts, the average breakeven period on installing panels is just under seven years.

That might feel like a long time, but if you expect to stay in your home for years to come, it makes solar installation a no-brainer. The average 20-year savings on a solar installation in Massachusetts is a whopping $39,640!

That more than covers the cost of the panels and leaves plenty left over to pad your bank account. Massachusetts also participates in an aggressive net metering campaign that allows property owners who generate more power than they use to sell it back to the utility company for a profit. The more energy you sell back to the utility, the faster you’ll reach the breakeven point on your solar panels.

Those five-digit numbers on the solar panel installation price tag might seem scary, but the state of Massachusetts wants to help relieve some of the sticker shock. To make solar available to more Massachusettsians, there are several state solar incentives that help reduce the cost burden:

  • Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – A 26% tax credit on any home solar installation in place before December 31, 2022, provided by the federal government. This credit decreases to 22% in 2023.
  • Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit – Receive a $1,000 credit or 15% of the solar panel installation costs, whichever is lower. 
  • Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program – Earn money for the energy produced by your home solar system. Must apply.
  • Net Metering – Get credit on your utility bills for any excess power generated from your home solar system.
  • Solarize Mass – A solar group-buying program designed to split the cost of solar installations for an entire community. 
  • Municipal Light Plant Solar Rebate Program – Get a rebate on any solar system installation of 25 kilowatts or less. Eligibility depends on location. 

Unfortunately, not all solar options are eligible for these incentives. For example, most incentives only apply to people who own their solar panels. If you choose a rent-to-own option, you don’t technically own the system (yet), so you don’t qualify for the incentives. 

Before choosing a solar option, do your research and make sure you understand all the incentives you qualify for. They’ll help immensely with the cost of installation, so don’t leave anything on the table! 

Overcome the Limits and Access Solar!