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The state of solar in Massachusetts
Massachusetts sees an average of 197 sunny days each year.*BestPlaces: Climate in Massachusetts: https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/state/massachusetts (August 2021) That figure may be lower than the national average, but Massachusetts is still the eighth top solar energy producer in the United States.*SEIA: Massachusetts Solar: https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/massachusetts-solar
However, the state has yet to achieve its full solar potential. According to Google's Project Sunroof, if just 75% of Massachusetts' buildings installed solar panels, the state's solar electricity production would rise to a staggering 19.5 million MWh AC per year.*Google: Project Sunroof data explorer: https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJ_b9z6W1l44kRHA2DVTbQxkU/ (November 2018)
How much solar energy does Massachusetts produce?
In the first quarter of 2021, Massachusetts produced 3,262.7 MW of solar power, or enough electricity for 545,258 homes. According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) projections, the state could produce an additional 1,851 MW over the next five years.*SEIA: Massachusetts Solar: https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/massachusetts-solar
Despite Massachusetts's large solar power output, only 18.49% of the state's electricity comes from solar.*SEIA: Massachusetts Solar: https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/massachusetts-solar
What are the advantages of going solar in Massachusetts?
Installing solar panels for homes in Massachusetts is a worthwhile investment if you want to avoid high electricity bills. Should you switch from grid power to solar power today, you can save between $43,867 and $59,350 over the next 20 years. The money you save will cover the cost of your solar array within four to six years.*EnergySage: Massachusetts Solar Panels: Local Pricing and Data: https://www.energysage.com/solar-panels/ma/ (August 2021)
If you are an environmentally conscious individual, switching to clean energy will reduce your carbon footprint and help combat global warming. Also, installing solar panels on your Massachusetts home can increase your property value by at least 4.1%.*Money: Here's How Much Adding Solar Panels Will Boost Your Home's Value: https://money.com/home-value-solar-panels (April 2019)
How much does solar cost in Massachusetts?
The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even in the same state. These include:
Quality of the solar panels
The size of your roof
The installer's fees
To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.
In Massachusetts, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $15,050 to $29,950, or in other words, from $3.01 to $5.99 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
You can reduce the cost of going solar by taking advantage of these state and federal solar incentives:
Federal Solar Tax Credit: Homeowners who purchase their system as opposed to leasing it, can get a tax credit of up to 30% of the total cost of the solar installation.*Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The state tax credit entitles you to $1,000 or 15% of the cost of installing solar panels on a qualified property.
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): This program incentivizes Massachusetts residents to go solar by paying solar owners for each kW of power their array produces. Only Eversource, National Grid, and Until customers can benefit from the SMART program.*Smart Massachusetts Solar Program: https://masmartsolar.com (August 2021)
Net Metering: Under this program from your local utility company, you will receive monthly electricity bill credits for excess power your solar system produces that goes to the main electricity grid.*The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
Eversource, National Grid, and Cape Light Compact customers in Massachusetts are now eligible to enroll SunVault® systems in ConnectedSolutions, a New England demand response program that enhances energy independence and rewards customers for helping to reduce carbon emissions.
What's the best way to go solar in Massachusetts?
Keep in mind that solar panel durability, efficiency, and appearance vary between brands. Get the best solar array for your home by working with a reputable and experienced solar provider. An experienced contractor can also help you access every available solar incentive and rebate to minimize the cost of going solar.
After a thorough assessment of your property, your contractor can recommend the best system for your budget and energy needs. Also, with a professional solar installer, you are more likely to get a solar array that complements your property's aesthetics and boosts its value.
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