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The state of solar power in Boston, MA

With its frigid winters, Boston - or Massachusetts for that matter - is likely not the first place you think of for solar power. Yet, the state ranks 8th in solar in the U.S., up from 10th in 2018. With more than 400,000 households using solar power in Massachusetts, cities statewide are making a significant push towards sustainable energy.

Despite being less than ideal geographically for solar installations, Boston’s solar industry has enjoyed healthy growth due to supportive legislation and local incentives in the sector. In less than a decade, Boston has skyrocketed into the top twenty cities nationally for solar capacity.

How much solar power does Boston, MA produce?

Currently, Massachusetts has the installed capacity to produce 2,582 MW of solar energy with 37.4 MW in Boston. The state should see an increase of an additional 1,488 MW of solar capacity within the next five years. The number of total solar installations is 94,535.

The number of solar installations and their capacity in Boston has tripled since 2013. With state capacity expected to increase by 60 percent in the next five years, Boston should follow that trend or even surpass it—the city has the potential to produce 341 MW.

Is solar power generation feasible in Boston MA?

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Geographically, Boston is not ideal for solar energy production. On average, the city sees around 4.2 kWh per square meter per day of solar. To put that in perspective, Los Angeles, the nation’s top solar producer, sees 5.68 kWh per square meter on average.

However, the average household price of a kilowatt-hour of electricity in Boston is $0.225, which is 66.7 percent above the national average. These high energy costs significantly improve the payback times for solar investments and make them more feasible for Boston residents.

In addition to the federal tax credit for renewable energy, Boston and Massachusetts offer significant local and regional incentives for new solar installations.

How can I start using solar in Boston MA?

Boston might not get as much sunshine as Los Angeles, but with an impressive list of incentives, going solar worth the investment. It's arguably one of the most affordable places to switch to solar in the U.S.

If you would like to know more about how to go solar in Boston, contact our team of experienced and highly trained engineers at SunPower. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.

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