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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has announced the 10 communities that will participate in Round 1 of the 2013 Solarize Mass program. The Solarize Mass program is designed to increase the adoption of solar and drive down the overall cost through widespread participation. The more people in a particular community who participate, the greater the savings for everyone in that community.

The following cities and towns are participating in Round 1 of the 2013 Solarize Mass program: Bourne, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Lee, Medford, Medway, Newton, Northampton, and Williamstown; with Carlisle and Chelmsford participating as a group.

In the 2012 rounds of Solarize Mass, 17 communities participated with nearly 750 residents and businesses signing contracts to install solar PV systems for a combined capacity of 4.8 megawatts (MW). Last year participants saved an average of 20 percent when compared to the statewide average cost of installing solar PV, all while creating 32 new jobs. Due to state incentive programs, such as Solarize Mass, installed costs of residential solar PV dropped by more than a quarter in 2012; helping the state reach its goal of achieving 250 MW of solar PV by 2017, with 243 MW installed to date.

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with DOER, has selected the following 17 Green Communities to participate in the 2012 round of the Solarize Mass Program: 

  • Acton
  • Arlington
  • Boston
  • Hopkinton
  • Melrose
  • Mendon
  • Montague
  • Newburyport
  • Palmer
  • Pittsfield-Lenox
  • Shirley
  • Sutton-Millbury
  • Wayland-Sudbury-Lincoln

For those interested in learning more about the Solarize Mass model or implementing a similar program in their own community, MassCEC has posted an overview of the 2011 Solarize Mass Pilot Program on their website (available here).

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) are requesting proposals from designated Green Communities interested in participating in the second round of Solarize Massachusetts. This program aims to drive community adoption of PV projects through localized marketing and installation efforts, which in turn will help reduce the installation costs of small-scale PV projects within SolarizeMass communities.

 Per MassCEC, those applicants that “demonstrate a clear and committed plan to increasing education and outreach around solar PV, as well as how to streamline the permitting processes around small-scale solar PV installations, will be highly competitive.”

MassCEC will be accepting responses until March 21, 2012, and a bidder’s conference is scheduled for February 27th.

More information about this solicitation can be found here.

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