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Hello Ground-Source Heat Pump Stakeholders,

Thank you for your ongoing participating in MassCEC’s Residential Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Program. Due to recent market changes, MassCEC (reduced) its incentive level to $2,000 per 12,000 BTU/hr of capacity from the past $3,500 per 12,000 BTU/hr level.

To provide adequate time for installers and customers to submit applications for outstanding applications, this change (took) effect May 4, 2018. 

Despite this reduction, MassCEC believes that the total available incentives for residential GSHP installations remain strong due to two recent developments:

In December 2017, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the expansion of the Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) to include GSHPs and other renewable thermal technologies; and

In February 2018, the 30% Federal Tax Credit (ITC) for GSHPs was reinstated through 2019.


MassCEC is also evaluating its commercial GSHP incentives, but no changes have been finalized. Feel free to reach out with questions. We look forward to continuing to work with you.

Thank you,

The Ground-Source Heat Pump Team

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

63 Franklin St, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Telephone:  617-315-9319































NEGPA appreciates Mass CEC's support

for NEGPA through these past years. 

NEGPA thanks Mass CEC for

being a $5000 Platinum Sponsor in 2018 and 2019.

This allowed a NEGPA subsidized training to occur in February, 2018 as shown above.

17 International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Accredited Installers were trained and tested as shown,

by the North American Technician Excellence program

thanks to NEGPA and MassCEC.

Also, training of Massachusetts Building Inspection Officials Oct 2, 2018


Here is information on the Massachusetts Heat Smart program:

Alternative Portfolio Standard

The Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) offers incentives for ground-source heat pump (GSHP) systems installed in Massachusetts. The APS was established under the Green Communities Act of 2008 and expanded in 2017 to including “renewable thermal” technologies like GSHP.

Residential-scale systems: The incentive is based on the building’s size and is paid as soon as the system is qualified to participate in the program. A 2,500 sf house is likely to receive a net incentive of approximately $6,000 to $7,000 (see online calculator for details). To be eligible, GSHP system designs must meet the requirements described on page 9-12 of the guidelines for small-scale systems.

Large-scale systems: Systems with at least 134,000 BTU/hr of heating capacity must be metered. The incentive is based on the amount of renewable thermal energy produced. This production must be recorded in a data acquisition system and reported quarterly to the APS Production Tracking System. Requirements and incentive formulas are on page 36-40 of the guideline for large-scale systems.

Calculating incentives: The actual incentive depends on the current market value of an “Alternative Energy Credit” (AEC). Each AEC represents one MWh of electricity. Electricity suppliers are required to buy enough AECs to meet a percentage of the energy they supply to customers (5% of electricity by 2020). If they fail to meet this requirement, they can make an Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) instead, which effectively caps the value of an AEC. This ACP is set at $22.64 per MWh in 2018. As of 2018, there have not been enough AECs to meet market demand, and AECs have typically been valued at or near the ACP rate.

How to participate: To capture the incentive, each system owner is strongly encouraged to work with an “aggregator.” The aggregator typically submits the online application and sells the AECs on behalf of the customer (and typically takes a small percentage of the proceeds as a fee). Large-scale systems require quarterly validation of production by an “independent verifier.” The APS Statement of Qualification website provides detailed program information, including a list of aggregators.




Status of May 4 reduction in rebate because of implementation of federal tax credit:

MassCEC May 4 incentive reduction – MassCEC received 62 applications between Apr 1 and May 3, totaling $931,000 in rebates. To put that in perspective, from Jan 2017 to Mar 2018, they received 35 applications totaling $423,000 in rebates. 

There are "No interest loans" available for commercial and industrial geothermal projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Funding is sent to the ground source heat pump Distributor to offset costs for the Building Owner.

More information will be published here once Links are available.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   (MassCEC)

June 6, 2018: The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) are getting heated up for another round of HeatSmart Massachusetts with community applications expected to open this summer!

HeatSmart Mass is a community purchasing program similar to the highly successful Solarize Mass Program but for clean heating and cooling technologies, which include air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water. These technologies provide heating at a fraction of the carbon emissions of traditional fossil fuel heating systems, all while offering a high level of comfort and cost savings when offsetting high-cost heating fuels such as oil, propane, and electricity.  

Four pilot HeatSmart communities were selected in fall 2017 and launched their campaigns in early 2018. While their campaigns are still ongoing, they’re off to a strong start and generating great interest! MassCEC and DOER anticipate releasing the community solicitation requesting applications from interested Massachusetts towns in July 2018.

Is your town interested? If so, how can you prepare?

Spread the word by distributing this one-page handout
Review the HeatSmart Mass Pilot Program Solicitation and Application materials. MassCEC and DOER anticipate that the application for the next round of the program will be similar to the pilot round application.
Familiarize yourself with the clean heating and cooling technologies and think about which ones might be a good fit for your town
Contact your town members and municipal representatives to gauge interest in participating
Talk to local non-profits, community organization, schools, banks, businesses, and utilities about forming strategic partnerships
Review the pilot program FAQs
Please feel free to contact MassCEC with questions.

Thank you,

The HeatSmart Mass Team


For more information, go to:


July 20, 2018 MassCEC proposed modifications to Geothermal Incentives.
Download pdf here.

Please read and submit your comments. (NEGPA did comment.)

Dear Stakeholder,

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) are seeking proposals from Massachusetts cities and towns interested in participating in the 2019 HeatSmart Massachusetts Program.

See full pdf here:

MassCEC sponsorship paid for training of Building Officials Oct 2, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst during the New England Building Officials Education Association Annual Conference.

Here is the 90 minute presentation for Inspecting Geothermal Closed Loops


Inspecting Drilling

Inspecting Grouting

Inspecting Trenching

            & Heat Fusion

Dear GSHP Installer,

MassCEC is introducing a new platform to submit Residential Ground-Source Heat Pump Program applications. This new application portal should make it easier to apply to the program.  You will notice a few changes from the current process:

Instead of submitting the Excel-based application and attachments by email to, all information will be submitted through the portal.

Several required fields have been eliminated. Loop field modeling reports must now be attached instead. A Participant’s Agreement is no longer required. Instead, there is a checkbox at the end of the application stating that the System Owner and Primary Installer agree to the terms and conditions of the program.

To begin the application, click this link, fill out the fields, and click submit.  You will then receive an email with a link to finish the form, and the website will save your progress on the application.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Warm Regards, The Ground-Source Heat Pump Team Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 63 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110 617-315-9300 |


January 31, 2019

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Arlington, Belmont, Hudson, Marshfield, Stow, and Winchester have been selected to participate in the 2019 HeatSmart Mass Program. A partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), HeatSmart Mass is a community-based education and group purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies.


“Massachusetts is committed to increasing access to cost-saving technologies for residents across the Commonwealth, and HeatSmart Mass Programprovides a terrific opportunity for homeowners to improve their energy efficiency and save on monthly bills,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Massachusetts’ Comprehensive Energy Plan calls for increasing the adoption of new thermal technologies, and this program will help the Commonwealth meet its ambitious climate goals set forth under the Global Warming Solutions Act.”


HeatSmart Mass uses a group purchasing model to help drive down the cost of installation and increase deployment of residential and small-scale commercial installations of clean heating and cooling technologies including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water.


“HeatSmart Mass will support our efforts to not only change how we supply energy, but how we use energy as we shift our focus to strategic electrification and create a cleaner electric grid,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “Our goals in the 2019-2021 Mass Save® Energy Efficiency Plan include significant increases in incentives for air source heat pumps, which offers a clean, cost-effective option to heating and cooling our homes and businesses.”


Energy used for heating contributes to over a quarter of the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions. In the average Massachusetts home, 75% of the energy used is for space and water heating. These costs are a significant burden for the half of the homes in Massachusetts that heat with high-cost heating sources such as oil, electricity, and propane.


“By working closely with these communities to raise awareness about the benefits of these technologies, we can drive higher rates of adoption among Massachusetts residents and businesses,” said MassCEC CEO Steve Pike. “Clean heating and cooling technologies offer numerous benefits including lower monthly energy bills and improved air quality, and this program will help unlock these benefits for Massachusetts residents.”


The participating communities will offer the following technologies:


·         Arlington and Winchester: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water;

·         Belmont: Air-source heat pumps;

·         Hudson and Stow: Air-source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps; and

·         Marshfield: Air-source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and modern wood heat.


HeatSmart Mass was piloted in 2018 in the towns of Bolton, Carlisle, Concord, Great Barrington, Harvard, Lincoln, and Nantucket, resulting in 117 clean heating and cooling systems to date.


“I’m excited to hear that the Town of Arlington has been selected to participate in the HeatSmart Mass Program,” said State Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington). “This program is a great opportunity for the town to increase access to clean heating and cooling technologies for our residents at a lower cost.”


“Our municipal officials and residents in Stow and Hudson have once again demonstrated their leadership on climate change,” said State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “It is no surprise that these towns have tapped into the HeatSmart program to drive practical energy-solutions here in our community. When state and local officials work together to increase the accessibility of energy-efficient technology for our residents, meaningful progress on climate change happens neighborhood by neighborhood and town by town.”


“I am very appreciative of the Baker Administration’s inclusion of Winchester in this program, which recognizes the town’s proactive approach to energy efficiency and savings,” said State Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham).  “I am especially happy to see Winchester partnering with our neighbors in Arlington, bringing more bargaining power to the table in our effort to save our residents more money while also improving our clean energy profile.”


HeatSmart Mass is a partnership between DOER and MassCEC, funded by Alternative Compliance Payments from retail electricity suppliers that do not otherwise meet their full Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) obligations.





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