ReBuild Western Massachusetts Grant Program

November 29, 2012


NOTE: The below information is for reference only; this program is no longer available.

Massachusetts communities Brimfield, Monson, Southbridget, Springfield, Sturbridge, and Western Springfield were devastated by tornadoes on June 1, 2011.  In an effort to help tornado victims rebuild using energy efficient technologies and practices, the Department of Energy Resources developed an $8 million program.  Both grants and zero-interest loans are available.  The grants will be available through the end of April 2012, while loans will be available through the end of 2012.

For minor repair work, residents may be eligible for grants for energy efficient windows, doors, space and water heating equipment, and insulation.  If a homeowner requires a rebuild or major renovation ("gut" renovations), he/she will have to work with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) company throughout the project reconstruction planning and implementation. Homes that achieve better HERS scores are eligible for higher incentives. In addition, rebuilds (new homes) are required to meet Massachusetts base energy code. Under any scenario, the homeowner will have to contact program administrators to pre-qualify.

Businesses and municipalities may also be eligible for incentives for space heating, water heating, insulation, as well as doors and windows. In addition, ReBuild Massachusetts will provide partial funding for engineering studies to identify opportunities for significant energy efficiency upgrades in the reconstruction or rebuild of non-residential buildings.

Finally, ReBuild Massachusetts is providing a "Natural Disaster Relief Adder" to the Commonwealth Solar II program.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Green Communities Program of Department of Energy Resources
Start Date: 08/2011
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Other EE
  • Tankless Water Heater
Incentive Amount: Varies depending on measures installed
Maximum Incentive: Residential: $20,000; Non-residential: $50,000; Municipal facilities: $100,000 (per building)
Equipment Requirements: Must meet efficiency requirements
Installation Requirements: Pre-qualification is required.


Name: Rebuild Massachusetts Program Information
Phone: (877) 524-1325

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.