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Solar Energy in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts Solar Energy

Renewable resources like solar power are not always available or convenient for Boston area residents. Green energy plans often contain hidden fees and premium costs, and rooftop solar has a number of constraints. Now, Greater Boston, MA has a solar energy option that does not require rooftop panel installation or upfront costs., and the program is easy to join.

Clearway’s Greater Boston Solar Farms have a limited number of spaces and fill up quickly. Subscribe to a local solar farm today.

Community Solar in Greater Boston, MA

Massachusetts has set notable renewable energy goals. In fact, the Commonwealth has set a target of reducing greenhouse emissions by 80% by the year 2050. As the largest city in Massachusetts, Boston has a large role to play in the reduction of greenhouse emissions and the adoption of renewable energy. The first step is making it easy for residents to go solar and support renewable power.

As an early adopter to solar energy, Boston has been implementing solar energy and green building programs since the early 2000s and in 2007, was named by the Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the 13 Solar America Cities.

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SMART Program

Now, Massachusetts has created the SMART Program, which is a long-term sustainable solar incentive program that promotes cost-effective solar development across the Commonwealth. One of the benefits of more solar energy development in Massachusetts is the availability of Community Solar Farms to Boston residents. While rooftop solar can present many challenges to residents living in an urban environment like Boston and its surrounding areas, Community Solar does not require any panel installations on a homeowners property or upfront costs. It’s additionally available to renters and homeowners alike.

What is Community Solar?

Community Solar is a solar energy subscription program that is available to everyone in the Greater Boston area. In the past, solar power was only available to homeowners who could afford the large upfront costs of rooftop solar or that met structural qualifications. Those who didn’t qualify or did not want rooftop solar panels were unable to invest in solar energy. However, Community Solar farms, like those built by Clearway Community Solar make solar energy accessible to everyone through their local solar farm without the hassle or upfront costs of rooftop solar panels.

Clearway Community Solar

Community Solar arrays are built and maintained by Clearway Community Solar at an offsite location that receives plenty of sunlight. The solar farms also generate solar energy during the winter. Customers subscribe to the program and the power produced is then delivered directly to the local power grid. In return for the support of renewable power to the grid, customers will receive solar bill credits that are applied to their utility bill, reducing the charges Solar bill credits can potentially cover the entire amount of a utility bill, depending on home energy consumption and the amount of solar production. Massachusetts customers are guaranteed to save on the cost of the solar bill credits, and the program also includes convenient cancellation terms.

Community Solar farms help make renewable energy available for Greater Boston residents, and others throughout Massachusetts. You can learn more about Community Solar with our Community Solar 101 guide.


Clearway customers pay Clearway directly for the solar bill credits received on their utility bill, but with a savings guarantee. For every $1.00 in solar bill credits, Massachusetts customers only pay Clearway $.93. Here’s an example:


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Example for illustrative purposes only. Savings calculated on the value of the net metering credits generated by the residential solar subscription and varies by region. Clearway is not responsible for utility delays in applying net metering credits. Refer to the community solar contract for full agreement terms. Subject to credit approval and a 20-year agreement term.

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