The City of Newburyport announces the extension of the Solarize Newburyport Plus Program. The program which began in September was set to end on January 31, has now been extended due to demand and interest, for Newburyport residents as well as residents from surrounding communities.
The City of Newburyport partnered with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to offer this special Solarize Plus Program whereby competitively selected installers will offer reduced pricing for solar electric and efficient heat pump systems.
“Solarize Plus will help reduce electric, heating, and cooling expenses for qualified households and small businesses” says Mayor Donna Holaday.
Newburyport’s Recycling and Energy Manager Molly Ettenborough, the city’s Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) and dedicated community volunteers including Solar Coach Jo Ann Clemens said, “It is exciting to offer an additional cost saving technology to the program this year. Residents and small business owners who do not quality for solar electric can potentially take advantage of air source heat pumps to reduce heating and cooling costs.”
What makes this particularly important at this time is:
1) A 30% import tariff on all imported solar panels has recently been imposed. SolarFlair anticipated the tariff and therefore pre-purchased panels in the fall so that they could honor pricing in proposals. The pricing offered in this program is the lowest price per watt in the history of Solarize Mass program offered by MassCEC.
2) The current Solar Renewal Energy Credits (SREC's) in Massachusetts will be terminated sometime this summer and will be replaced by the SMART program (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target). The financial benefits to residents will not be as good as they are today.
3) Net metered customers, including residential customers, may be paying a new Monthly Minimum Reliability Contribution (MMRC) charge in Massachusetts starting December 2018.
4) Starting in 2020 the federal tax incentive for solar is reduced from 30% to 26%.
Interested residents and parties are encouraged to sign up for a no charge, no commitment assessment for solar electric, air source heat pumps or both at www.solarizenewburyport.com .