Solar Installation in Amherst, MA

Located in Hampshire County, Amherst is a dynamic and academic town renowned for its universities and lively cultural scene. We're proud to have completed 18 solar installations in Amherst.

We've worked hard to blend Sunbug's well-loved local presence with our broad capabilities to effectively serve Western Massachusetts. Our size means we can bring you a wide variety of services while still offering the kind of close, personal support Sunbug has been known for over 14 years. Learn more about how Sunbug is integrating with ReVision

We install a range of high-quality electrification solutions to residents and business-owners of Amherst, including solar, heat pumps, battery storage, EV charging stations, and heat pump water heaters. Here's why you should work with us:

  1. We're Local to MA:

    With Sunbug on our side, we've deepened our commitment to Massachusetts. Our local teams know the details about the unique environmental and regulatory landscape of your town.

  2. We're 100% Employee-Owned:Choosing ReVision Energy means partnering with a company where every employee is also an owner and is invested in their work and the quality of service they provide. Employee-ownership aligns our interests closely with those of our solar champions for superior and reliable service.

  3. We're a Certified B Corp:"B Corp" stands for Benefit Corporation, meaning by working with us, you're joining a community of people dedicated to building a better, cleaner future. 

What is the structure of Amherst's electric utility? Is it solar-friendly?

Amherst’s electrical service is provided by Eversource, an investor-owned company subject to state regulation. Regulated electric companies in Massachusetts must provide one-to-one net metering for residential solar systems sized up to 10 kW AC. Under this condition, all the solar power you generate as an Amherst homeowner is valued at the same rate, you'd be charged per kWh for pulling electricity from the grid. With a net metering cap raise on the horizon, the forecast for solar in Amherst is particularly favorable. 

Read more about net metering here. 

What incentives are available for solar in Amherst?

Homeowners in Amherst can take full advantage of federal and state clean energy incentives. For solar, these include a 30% federal tax credit and a 15% state tax credit (up to $1000) on installation costs. Massachusetts also offers exemption from sales tax associated with these costs, and from property tax on home value added by solar panels. Another state benefit is the ability to earn a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) for each MWh generated by a home solar system. Many homeowners sell their RECs to utility companies, who purchase these certificates to meet Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard. 

Read more about RECs here. 

What other clean energy technologies are incentivized in Amherst?

As customers of Eversource, Amherst homeowners are eligible for heat pump and energy storage incentives through the Inflation Reduction Act and Mass Save. Federal benefits for these additional technologies include a 30% tax credit on battery installation costs and a $2000 credit on heat pump installation. 

Through Mass Save, if you choose to heat and cool your entire home with an air-source heat pump system, you’ll be eligible for a $10,000 rebate. A partial-home rebate is also available based on system size (up to $10,000), and to income-qualifying homeowners, an enhanced rebate of $16,000 is available for both whole- and partial-home systems.  

If you choose to add battery storage to your solar system, you’ll be eligible to participate in Mass Save’s ConnectedSolutions. This program allows you to earn payback on supplying the grid with your battery-stored energy in times of peak demand, at an average of $1375 per year. Another benefit offered by Mass Save is the HEAT Loan: an accessible, interest-free financing option for batteries, heat pumps, and other energy-efficient upgrades (not yet including solar). 

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