Massachusetts Solar Rebate Shuts Down Block 5

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will no longer be accepting applications for Block 5 of the Commonwealth Solar II (CSII) program.  The CSII program provides rebates for residential and small commercial photovoltaic solar installations in Massachusetts and is expected to continue for the rest of the calendar year.  With the introduction of Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) marketplace at the beginning of last year, Massachusetts is now one of the best places to make a solar investment in the country.

The announcement of the rebate shutdown was made on March 24th and the MassCEC anticipates details of Block 6 should be released in early April and applications will be accepted soon after.  The state has allotted about $1 million in rebate incentives to be available per quarter.  A rebate block will end when funds are exhausted or the quarter has ended, whichever happens first.

The rebate levels for Block 6 will be the same as Block 5:

Base Incentive – $0.75 per watt (DC @ STC)

Massachusetts Company Components Adder – $0.10 per watt (DC @ STC)

Moderate Home Value Adder OR Moderate Income Adder – $0.85 per watt (DC @ STC) 

Interest in Massachusetts for solar installations has peaked now that the weather improved, and funding will go quick.  If you are interested in pursuing a solar installation this summer, it’s best that you secure a contract with an installer in the near future due to delays in the rebate application process.  In addition, most PV installers have a backlog of work to complete from the winter months.

It’s a great time to invest in a solar power in Massachusetts.  Rebates are not available for “do-it-yourself” projects and installations must be completed by professional, licensed solar contractors.  Brightstar Solar is an expedited Massachusetts solar installer with experience working with the Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) solar rebate programs.  Please reach out to us if you’re interested in a complimentary solar evaluation and free estimate for your home or business.