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Massachusetts SMART Program

Massachusetts Solar Incentives in 2019

The newest incentive program started in November of 2018 can be confusing. We demystify it for homeonwers. Read More
February 10, 2019

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Purchasing Solar Energy Best Option

Hardly two years have passed where leasing a solar energy system was the frequently chosen method for many homeowners to go solar. In Massachusetts a purchase now leads for buyers. Read More
January 18, 2019

Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard

Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard

On August 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced new regulations to comply with the newest and most ambitious state law. Read More
August 18, 2017

Massachusetts High Energy Costs Rising

Massachusetts Energy Costs Rising

The state ranks near the top for energy costs and especially electricity costs. We take a quick look at why and glimpse at the future. It isn't pretty. Read More
July 10, 2017

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Local Solar Installers Offer More

Massachusetts homeowners may have a uniquely high number of options to consider for investing in rooftop solar energy. But not all are equal in service and results. Read More
July 2, 2017

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Framingham MA Family Chooses a Solar Lease

From our years of local experience, we think a family in Framingham, Massachusetts provides a terrific example of how important decisions are made about investing in a solar energy system. Let’s call them the Smith’s, Bob and Nancy. are equal in service and results. Read More
June 25, 2017

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SunRa Solar is consistently shopping for the best financing options for our customers. Some may choose to purchase their solar energy system in full. For others, whether you choose to borrow or lease, we partner with some of the most reputable names in the industry. Our goal is to provide each customer with an affordable, turnkey system to meet their expectation and needs.

To get the most up to date information on the latest and greatest financing programs to make solar power more affordable for you, Contact Us here.

The meter is a critical part of the solar energy system. In Massachusetts, net metering allows you to use your utility company to store your energy. Unlike a traditional power meter that spins in one direction, as you produce solar energy, your meter will literally spin backwards. Then, as you use electricity at night, the net meter allows you to pull energy from the grid so you always have power.

Whenever you are generating more power than you can use, the meter tracks the amount that you transmit to the utility grid. This is why a well designed solar system can produce enough power in a summer to help offset more power needed in winter months, when the sun shines less.

Here you can read a little more about net metering.

A solar panel is an assembly of individual solar “cells”, each almost always made from different forms of silicon. Each panel differs in the numbers of cells combined, from 60 to 72 per panel, and in the technology used in the manufacture of each cell and the assembly into a panel.

Because solar panel technology is constantly improving, there are a range of panel efficiency (%) and panel rating (kW) available for design. Not every installation calls for the newest and most expensive technology. Good system design is a balance between cost and performance, and often a well-established and earlier generation panel can deliver 25+ years of affordable, reliable service.

This is why SunRa Solar stays on top of developments and offers panels from a few manufacturers including LG Solar, one of the largest brands represented in Massachusetts, and others.

Every homeowner gets an immediate savings as soon as we flip the switch and you start to generate power. If you sign up to purchase, your agreement will spell out for you each monthly payment.

If you finance some or all of your solar energy system, your savings are easily calculated by comparing the sum of your new payments to your previous bills. If you purchase a system without financing, your monthly utility payments could be negligible.

The best news, whether you purchase outright, finance a purchase, or choose a lease you will be able to predictably bank your savings. Ask us to show you how in more detail by click to Contact Us. Or simply give us a call.

Whether paying cash or borrowing, a homeowner buying a solar energy system can take advantage of the Federal Income Tax Credit (ITC) of 30%.

Homeowners buying solar in Massachusetts are no longer able to accrue and trade Solar Renewable Energy Certificates under the new program program. The Solar Mass SMART. It was known as SREC 2 or SREC II. This program allows homeowners to sell the accrued credits to utilities in blocks of 1 MWh each. To learn more about this program and its current status, visit our Learning Center.

Massachusetts also allows Net Metering, which gives the solar system owner the ability to feed back to the utility grid through a special meter any momentarily generated solar power not needed by the home. Any extra is credited in kWh (kilowatt-hours), the same units you see on your power bill.