LETTER: Watertown Can Participate in Local, State Solar Programs

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Neighborhood Solar is very happy to pass along the following information:

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) would like to provide an important update regarding the Commonwealth Solar II rebate program.

As MassCEC has previously indicated, the Commonwealth Solar II rebate program is scheduled to sunset permanently at the end of funding Block 20.  Launched in January 2010, the program has helped to jump-start the small-scale solar market in Massachusetts, and has grown along with this segment of the industry.  To date, the CSII Program has awarded over 10,000 rebate applications for over 62 MW of solar capacity, facilitating the investment in solar of over $314 million by home owners and business owners across Massachusetts.

As a result of higher-than-anticipated demand associated with the end of this program, the $3 million that was initially allocated for Block 20 is fully subscribed as of today (October 30, 2014).

Given the funding depletion has happened earlier than expected, MassCEC has today obtained approval from its Board of Directors for an additional $3 million in funding to ensure the orderly close-out of the program. 

This is the final funding allocation for the Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program, which will sunset at the end of the fourth quarter 2014, or when the additional funds are fully reserved, whichever occurs earlier.

So, in addition to the 20% discount that Neighborhood Solar is offering (through December 31, 2014), the 30% federal tax credit (through 2016), the 30% state tax credit capped at $1,000 (through June 2015), and the SRECS that are still in place although vulnerable, there is the above additional rebate program available on a first-come, first-serve basis (through December 31, 2014).  If there was ever a time to install solar, this is it.

The 20% that Neighborhood Solar is offering is with SunBug Solar, Angie’s List’s only Superstar for solar installation.

Neighborhood Solar is offering a new solar option for all residents, businesses, and nonprofits in Watertown. With the goal of combining best solar prices – a 20% discount – with best solar practices (SunBug Solar, Angie’s List’s only Superstar for solar installation), its time-limited option can be found at www.neighborhoodsolar.org.

Please forward this letter to your friends and neighbors. Neighborhood Solar is a grassroots program.  All your help in getting the word out is most appreciated.


Jocelyn Tager
Watertown Resident, Neighborhood Solar Organizer

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