Residential Solar Rebate Program
The new Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Solar Program, offered through West Boylston Municipal Light Plant (WBMLP) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), provides our residential customers a rebate for the purchase and installation of a PV Solar System on their homes.
WBMLP’s goal is to install approximately 73 kW of new renewable solar energy in West Boylston.
Eligible solar installations must be 10 kW or less, with less than 20% shading, and face between 90 and 270 degrees. Municipal light plants are permitted to overlay their own regulations regarding solar installations over the state's program parameters.
The program includes a solar rebate of up to $1.20/watt (WBMLP and DOER each contribute $.60/watt), capped at 50% of total installed costs or a maximum $6,000 total rebate.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) earned from the installations are owned and retired by WBMLP so the environmental attributes benefit all of West Boylston’s customers.
Federal tax incentive is a 30% total installed tax credit in 2019, with a five-year carryover provision. Incentive is 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021. State tax incentive is a 15% credit of the net expenditure for a renewable energy system, up to $1,000, with a three-year carryover provision.
How to Apply
Interested customers must obtain pre-approval from WBMLP, then submit an application with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), WBMLP's joint action agency.
Customers may call 413-308-1400 to check application status. Applications are being accepted from May 20, 2019 through March 30, 2020. Installations must be completed by April 30, 2021. Rebates are subject to availability.
- ☀ Step One
1. Complete the Application and Get Quotes from an Installer. The Application includes Technical Data about the Proposed Solar System that we need to review.
2. Obtain a Pre-approval Letter from WBMLP.
3. Submit your Pre-approval Letter to MMWEC and complete the online MLP SOLAR GRANT APPLICATION available on this page: https://www.munihelps.org/mlpsolar/.
- ☀ Step Two
After the DOER evaluates the application, customers will be notified of their rebate status.
- ☀ Step Three
Upon approval, customers have one year to schedule and complete installation of their solar panels. The rebate will be paid to the customer by MMWEC.
Read instructions for the entire Application Process here.