One of the “easiest” ways to go solar without the big upfront expense is to install a solar hot water system. Solar thermal panels, like the ones shown below, are relatively inexpensive and provide “free” hot water after installation. No more energy required to heat water for showering, washing clothes and dishes.
A new solar thermal rebate program in Massachusetts will lower the cost of this renewable energy system even more.
The solar rebate program will be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and will result in about $1,000 back on a 2-panel solar hot water system. The typical cost of a solar thermal panel system is $8,000-$10,000 for a single-family household. In addition to the Massachusetts rebate, property owners can tap into state and federal incentives, including the 30% federal renewable energy tax credit.
But what, exactly, is a solar thermal (hot water) system? Watch this video to learn more:
Will you be eligible for the new solar thermal rebate program in Massachusetts? If you reside in the state, you must be a customer of NSTAR, National Grid, Unitil, or Western Massachusetts Electric Company. If you’re not, then you must reside in Ashburnham, Templeton, Holden, Holyoke or Russell, MA.
The solar rebate program is funded by the MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Trust.