Massachusetts Offers Geothermal Heat Pump Incentives

MassachusettsCleanEnergyCenterAs rulemaking for the state’s new thermal renewable energy law proceeds (see previous article), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) recently added another round of incentives for homeowners interested in the efficiency and comfort afforded by geothermal heating and cooling.

MassCEC offers rebates of up to $12,500—based on system size—to eligible homeowners who install qualifying ground-source, or geothermal, heat pumps (GHPs). While GHPs require electricity to operate, efficient models use a quarter of the electricity compared to traditional electric heating.

Residents interested in ground-source heat pumps for their homes can learn more about the technology, then work with an eligible installer to determine if a system would work in their home. Installers will work with homeowners to determine eligibility for rebates, as well as navigate the application process. All applications must be submitted to and approved by MassCEC before the installation process begins to be eligible for a rebate.

To participate, installers must submit a completed version of the primary installer agreement below, along with their International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accreditation or three references to MassCEC. Installers are responsible for accurately filling out the application on behalf of residents, and should carefully review the program manual below to ensure that homeowners and equipment are eligible for rebates under this program. Complete information about the program for both homeowners and installers can be found here.