Lease/Buy/Choose an Installer

Leasing a System


You can choose to either purchase or lease a solar PV system. If you choose to lease a system, a solar leasing company would install the system on your property for little or no upfront cost to you. They would own and operate the system. You would pay them a monthly equipment lease fee which is less than what you would have paid CMLP, on average, to deliver the same amount of electricity to your house.  One caveat: the lease agreement must be approved by CMLP’s legal counsel in advance. To date, they have approved lease agreements offered by Direct Energy Solar (formerly Astrum Solar) and New England Clean Energy – the only two that have submitted agreements for approval. 

Owning a System


Residents can get loan assistance from MassCEC. As a PV system owner in Massachusetts, you would also be entitled to Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).  These provide you with a revenue stream for about ten years, reducing the payback period for your system.  Your solar installer can explain how SRECs work.  You can learn also about SRECs here:
 http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5679

You can find information about the federal tax credits for solar PV installations here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index#c3 and state tax credits here: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/144.

PV Installers


You can find PV installers who can lease or sell you a PV system at: www.nabcep.orghttp://solar-estimate.org. Here is a list of companies that have installed systems in Concord. CMLP does not endorse or pre-qualify these companies in any way. 

  • Boston Solar
  • Brightstar Solar
  • Certified Safe Electric, Inc.
  • Endless Energy
  • Future Energy Solar
  • Great Sky Solar
  • GoGreen Industries
  • MassRenewables, Inc.SunBug Solar
  • New England Clean Energy
  • Rayah Solar
  • RevoluSun
  • S & H Construction
  • SolarCity Corporation
  • Solect Energy Development LLC
  • Solworks Energy
  • Sunlight Solar Energy
  • Tierney Electrical
  • Transformations, Inc.
  • Trinity Heating & Air, Inc.
  • Twin State Sun, LLC
  • Direct Energy Solar (formerly Astrum)
  • RGS Energy (formerly Real Goods Solar)