City of Cambridge - Cambridge Energy Alliance Solar Hot Water Grant

November 19, 2012


NOTE: Applications were due November 19, 2012. This incentive is no longer available.


Using funding received through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the City of Cambridge is offering an additional grant* to residents and businesses that install a solar hot water system and receive funding via the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Commonwealth (MassCEC) Solar Hot Water Program.

The first step is to schedule and receive an energy audit (the City of Cambridge offers free energy audits). After the audit, which may identify additional opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades, homeowners and business owners must work with their selected solar hot water installer to plan the system and apply for funding via the MassCEC Solar Hot Water Program. Then, after they are accepted into the MassCEC program, apply for the City of Cambridge grant by submitting the application and agreement.

Grant recipients must provide utility billing information to support the City's performance monitoring efforts. In addition, grant recipients must allow on-site inspection of the installed system (if applicable).

*This grant is a first-come, first-served financial incentive, which we categorize as a "rebate" in DSIRE.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Cambridge Energy Alliance
Start Date: 02/2012
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
Incentive Amount: 50%
Maximum Incentive: $2000
Equipment Requirements: OG-100 Collectors or OG-300 Systems
Installation Requirements: Shading, tilt, and orientation requirements apply
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not addressed


Name: Meghan Shaw
Organization: City of Cambridge
Address: 344 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: (617) 349-5323

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.