Municipal programs for greening your town

There are state programs to help push your city or town toward more clean and efficient power use, including obtaining solar and clean household heating systems made more affordable through aggregate purchasing. Please check into these to make sure your town is doing all it can.


HeatSmart Massachusetts (HeatSmart Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.

HeatSmart Mass is a community-based outreach and education program that will encourage clean heating and cooling technologies that include air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, central biomass heating*, and solar hot water.

The Program aims to help:
1) drive down the installation cost and
2) increase deployment of residential and small-scale commercial clean heating and cooling installations through a group purchasing model.

HeatSmart Mass is modeled on the highly successful Solarize Massachusetts program, which is now in its seventh year and has served 58 communities and resulted in over 3,400 contracts and 20.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects.

Each participating community competitively selects designated installer(s) to offer one or more of the clean heating and cooling technologies to interested residents.  The HeatSmart Massachusetts Program Pilot is a partnership between MassCEC and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

Though this pilot run of the program is closed for this year, now is the time to familiarize your community with the program and prepare to apply once next year’s round becomes available.

» Learn how to participate

*No Fracked Gas in Mass recognizes that there can be notable climate, environmental and health drawbacks to biomass and does not advocate for combustion-sourced heating.

Solarize Mass

Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.

2018 Solarize Mass
MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting community proposals for the 2018 Solarize Mass and Solarize Mass Plus programs, with a goal of selecting up to 10 communities or groups of communities.

Interested communities should review the community request for proposals , and submit a completed application to Those with a clear and comprehensive outreach plan, a committed volunteer team, an engaged municipality and residents interested in participating are encouraged to submit proposals.
MassCEC will be accepting applications from communities until May 31, 2018 or when program funds have been fully allocated, whichever occurs first. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

» Informational webinar

» Learn how to participate

Green Communities

The Green Community Designation and Grant Program provides a road map along with financial and technical support to municipalities that 1) pledge to cut municipal energy use by an ambitious and achievable goal of 20 percent over 5 years and 2) meet four other criteria established in the Green Communities Act.

Participation in the Program has grown steadily since the first group of 35 municipalities achieved designation status in July of 2010 to include more than half of the diverse cities and towns of the Commonwealth and nearly two-thirds of the population. The benefits of designation extend beyond the program itself, inspiring cities and towns to undertake additional energy-related initiatives, improve coordination between municipal staff and departments, and increase messaging with the public at large about energy-related issues and actions.

» Learn how to participate

NEWS: 68 Percent of Massachusetts Residents Live Green Community After 11th Designation Round
by Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
December 28, 2017


100% Renewable Energy Community Plan from Mass Power Forward

Check out MPF’s 100 RE toolkit here, assembled by the Mass Climate Action Network, 350 Mass, Environment Massachusetts and Clean Water Action!
» Road to 100% Renewables: Mass Power Forward Campaign Handbook

Mass Power Forward is a coalition of environmental leaders, community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safety advocates and Massachusetts families fighting for our future.

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