New Massachusetts Residential Rebate Program for Hot Water Heater

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BOSTON—Building on the success of the Commonwealth Solar rebate programs, which have installed nearly 34 MW of solar energy throughout the Commonwealth since 2007, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today unveiled a new rebate program to help residents finance solar hot water projects.

“Under Governor Patrick, the growth of solar photovoltaic power for homes, businesses, and institutions has been a great success story,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who chairs the MassCEC board of directors. “Now, we are extending a similar helping hand to homeowners who want to take advantage of solar technology for their household’s hot water.”

“This program will continue our solar revolution here in the Commonwealth,” said MassCEC Executive Director Patrick Cloney. “Not only does the program provide Massachusetts residents with an opportunity to significantly reduce their utility bills and help reduce green house gas emissions, but it will also create jobs and increase awareness of the benefits of solar hot water technologies.”

Beginning in early February, MassCEC will begin accepting applications for a pilot version of the new program titled Commonwealth Solar Hot Water, which will help Massachusetts residents adopt solar thermal water heating technology. Rebates to qualifying Massachusetts residents will be awarded through a non-competitive application process for the installation of solar hot water projects by professional, licensed contractors.

When it comes down to it there are 3 drivers to motivate environmental sustainability for the majority of the public: Money, Mulah, and Bucks…oh, and I guess we could throw in environmental responsibility as well to make it 3 and a half.

As much as we like to think that everyone is part of the “Green” movement nowadays, choosing paper over plastic in the grocery store doesn’t quite make you a sustainability hero.  What if selecting plastic bags meant that you received 5% off your groceries? …then would you still elect paper?  If you would honestly still choose paper, then we are glad to have retrieved another environmental soldier to the blog site.  However, for most people, money talks as the largest incentive.

The new rebate program unveiled by MassCEC provides an incentive to be more environmentally friendly all while receiving a return on your investment in a relatively short period of time.  Seems too good to be true right?

Here are some facts about solar hot water systems and the rebate that might make you want to call your utilities company ASAP:

  • Solar hot water systems usually provide 50 to 75 percent of all household hot water needs.
  • Some solar hot water systems can be attached to the heating system for space heating
  • 20 percent of residential energy consumption goes to heating water.
  • The rebate will amount to about $1000 for a typical household.
  • After combing this and other federal, state, and utility incentive programs, the rebate can amount to half the cost of the system itself.
  • Solar manufacturing jobs have nearly tripled from 2007 to 2010.

The government doesn’t wave money savers in our face too frequently, so make sure you hop on this while you can.

-Señor Aqua

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