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The state of solar in Massachusetts

Massachusetts sees an average of 197 sunny days each year.* That figure may be lower than the national average, but Massachusetts is still the eighth top solar energy producer in the United States.*

However, the state has yet to achieve its full solar potential. According to Google's Project Sunroof, if just 75% of Massachusetts' buildings installed solar panels, the state's solar electricity production would rise to a staggering 19.5 million MWh AC per year.*


How much solar energy does Massachusetts produce?

In the first quarter of 2021, Massachusetts produced 3,262.7 MW of solar power—enough electricity for 545,258 homes. According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) projections, the state could produce an additional 1,851 MW over the next five years.*

Despite Massachusetts's large solar power output, only 18.49% of the state's electricity comes from solar.*

What are the advantages of going solar in Massachusetts?

Installing solar panels on your property may seem pricey, but it's a worthwhile investment if you want to avoid high electricity bills. Should you switch from grid power to solar power today, you can save between $43,867 and $59,350 over the next 20 years. The money you save will cover the cost of your solar array within four to six years.*

If you are an environmentally conscious individual, switching to clean energy will reduce your carbon footprint and help combat global warming. Also, installing solar panels on your Massachusetts home can increase your property value by at least 4.1%.*

How much does solar cost in Massachusetts?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even in the same state. These include:

  • Quality of the solar panels

  • The size of your roof

  • Permit costs

  • The installer's fees

  • Weather

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.

In Massachusetts, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $15,050 to $29,950, or in other words, from $3.01 to $5.99 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

You can reduce the cost of going solar by taking advantage of these state and federal solar incentives:

  • Federal Solar Tax Credit: Homeowners who purchase their system as opposed to leasing it, can get a tax credit of up to 26% of the total cost of the solar installation.*

  • Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The state tax credit entitles you to $1,000 or 15% of the cost of installing solar panels on a qualified property.

  • Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): This program incentivizes Massachusetts residents to go solar by paying solar owners for each kW of power their array produces. Only Eversource, National Grid, and Until customers can benefit from the SMART program.*

  • Net Metering: Under this program from your local utility company, you will receive monthly electricity bill credits for excess power your solar system produces that goes to the main electricity grid.*

Eversource, National Grid, and Cape Light Compact customers in Massachusetts are now eligible to enroll SunVault™ systems in ConnectedSolutions—a New England demand response program that enhances energy independence and rewards customers for helping to reduce carbon emissions. 

  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Smart Massachusetts Solar Program: https://masmartsolar.com (August 2021)
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.

Looking for commercial solar in Massachusetts?

SunPower is the top commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.

  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020

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