Mass Energy Consumers Alliance - Renewable Energy Certificate Incentive

July 12, 2010


This incentive is no longer available. The Energy Consumers Alliance of New England (ECANE), which operates as Mass Energy Consumers Alliance in Massachusetts and as People’s Power & Light in Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization that buys solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) from photovoltaic (PV) systems and renewable energy credits (RECs) from small wind-energy systems. Mass Energy Consumers Alliance aggregates SRECs and resells them under the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program, which is part of the state Renewables Portfolio Standard. The Solar Carve-Out requires that a certain portion of the required renewable energy come from qualified in-state, interconnected solar facilities. As a result, the prices paid for SRECs are significantly higher than prices paid for RECs. The RECs from small wind-energy systems are packaged together with low-impact hydro and biomass RECs and sold as New England GreenStart, a renewable energy-based electricity product marketed through GreenUp. GreenUp is a green power program offered by National Grid, an investor-owned electric utility serving customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Non-Profit
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Energy Consumers Alliance of New England
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: Small wind: $0.03 per kWh
Solar PV: Varies depending on market conditions
Terms: Small wind: 3-year contract
Solar PV: Varies depending on market conditions, as of 2/2010 the contract is 22 months


Name: Kate Bogart
Organization: Energy Consumers Alliance of New England
Address: 284 Amory St
Boston MA 02130

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.