Open PV Installation Program

August 06, 2004


The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) has awarded more than $1.4 million to nine organizations in the first round of its Open PV Installation Grant program. These organizations will facilitate the installation of and provide financial incentives for approximately 300 kW of PV throughout the state. All building types are eligible, including residential, commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, or governmental. Financial incentives take the form of an installation grant of $3.50 per Watt-AC for systems under 10kW and $2.80 per Watt-AC for systems of 10 kW or greater. In addition, a production incentive for small systems (<10 kW) will be paid at the rate of $0.38 per kilowatt-hour (AC) for three years. The production incentive for systems 10 kW or greater will be paid at the rate of $0.30 per kilowatt-hour (AC) for three years. Note that some of the organizations can provide incentives to individuals and businesses who install small-scale PV projects. Click here for contact information for these organizations. Eligible PV projects must be pre-approved and installed by PV experts with licensed installers and electricians. Project sites must be a customer of one of the following investor-owned electric distribution utilities: Fitchburg Gas & Electric, Massachusetts Electric, Nantucket Electric, NStar Electric, or Western Massachusetts Electric.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $3.50/W-AC plus $0.38 per kWh over 3 years (<10 kW) ; $2.80/W-AC plus $0.30/kWh for 3 years (10kW or greater)
Maximum Incentive: $5/W-AC (<10 kW); $4/W-AC (10 kW or greater)

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.