Residential Solar

NEW Solar Rebate Program

The new Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Solar Program allows residential customers of municipal light plants, such as SELCO, to apply for a rebate for the purchase, installation, and usage of PV solar panels on their homes. The program includes a solar rebate of $1.20 per watt, capped at 50% of the total installed costs. Eligible solar installations must be 10 kW or less, with less than 20% shading, and face between 90° (East) and 270° (West). An additional meter fee applies. Other restrictions may apply. Funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Interested customers must obtain pre-approval from SELCO, then submit an application with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), SELCO's joint action agency. Applications may be submitted through March 30, 2020. See below for the application process. If you have questions regarding funding availability, please contact MuniSolar@mmwec.org.

  • Residential Solar Only

  • Max. System Size 10 kW

  • Max. 20% Shading

  • Must Face Between 90° (East) and 270° (West)

  • Rebate = $1.20 per watt up to 50% of Installed Cost

REBATE APPLICATION

To apply for the MLP Solar Rebate, please follow the steps below.

4. Project Completion + Release of Rebate Funds

REBATE FUNDS will be issued to the applicant upon final completion, interconnection, and activation of your solar project. The CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION issued by SELCO will provide confirmation that the project is complete and operational. This CERTIFICATE should be submitted to MMWEC to request release of your REBATE FUNDS.

1. SELCO Application

Complete the  SELCO SOLAR INTERCONNECTION APPLICATION using the online portal. Upon approval, you will receive an INITIAL APPROVAL LETTER FOR SOLAR REBATE APPLICATION. This letter will be used in the next step of the application process.

2. MMWEC Application

Submit the INITIAL APPROVAL LETTER FOR SOLAR REBATE APPLICATION to MMWEC and complete the online MLP SOLAR REBATE APPLICATION using the link below. MMWEC will review your Grant Application and forward your request to Mass DOER.

3. Rebate Approval

Once your Rebate Application is approved by both MMWEC and Mass DOER, you will receive a REBATE APPROVAL LETTER indicating grant funding has been reserved for your project. The funding will not be released until installation and activation of your solar project is complete. Your REBATE APPROVAL LETTER must be attached to your SELCO Application using the online portal.

Solar FAQs

What is Net Metering?

Net metering is an agreement by which a customer with solar panels is allowed to transfer surplus power produced by their panels onto the grid.  That excess power is purchased by SELCO, resulting in a credit on their bill.  

Does SELCO offer Net Metering?

Yes.  SELCO has a residential net metering policy.  However, this policy is only applicable for projects up to a certain size and is only applied to panels owned by the customer.  This means projects constructed through panel leasing agreements and/or third-party power purchase agreements (PPAs) do not qualify for net metering and are not permissible under existing policy.

 

Effective 03/04/2016: All interconnect agreements submitted for net metering will be subject to future revisions of SELCO's net metering tariff. This includes revisions to the tariff that may credit the wholesale rate for electricity generated onto our system. Effective 05/01/2016: All net metered interconnections to the SELCO grid will be subject to a monthly Distribution Standby Charge of $2.50 per kW of installed solar capacity.  

 

Does SELCO offer any other solar incentives?

SELCO customers are now eligible to apply for the MLP Solar Rebate through MMWEC (see information above). This program offers a rebate of $1.20 per watt up to 50% of the installed cost (max. residential project size 10 kW AC). Funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2020.

SELCO customers may be eligible for a Mass Solar Loan through the state’s Commonwealth Solar/Clean Energy Center program.  SELCO customers are also able to take advantage of any state or federal solar tax credits that might be available.
 

When you call HELPS for an energy audit, you can request a solar site evaluation as well. SELCO provides this service for free.

 

How large of a system can I install?

We allow a maximum system size of 10 kW AC. 

Can SELCO recommend any solar installers?

No.  SELCO does not recommend installers.  Be sure whomever you hire is a licensed contractor/electrician and that they pull all required building and electrical permits from the Town of Shrewsbury.

 

Do I have to own the solar panels?

Yes. Residential SELCO customers wishing to install solar must:

1. Own the home where the panels will be installed.

2. Own the panels. 

3. Own all power produced.

 

You cannot enter into panel leasing arrangements or third-party power purchase agreements within the SELCO service territory. This means that you may not lease solar panels from any company that will retain ownership of the panels or the power generated.

 

Additional Resources
 

Net Metering Electric Rates as of May 1, 2019