To support the advancement of renewable energy in Wakefield, Wakefield Gas and Light Department offers a residential solar program to help fund qualifying residential solar projects. Approved projects will receive one-time rebates of up to $1.20 per watt off the cost of an installed system. Prospective projects must follow the guidelines mentioned below to qualify. It is important to note that this program is funded on an annual basis and as such is on a first-come first-serve basis while funds last. Any work done prior to rebate approval is done at your own risk.
NOTE: Solar projects should not be started until fully approved.
- Program is available to residential and commercial customers in good standing
- System must be owned by the customer
- System must be installed between 90° and 270°
- System size is capped at 10kW DC for residential systems and 25 kW DC for commercial systems (Systems larger than this can be
installed with permission from WMGLD but will not be eligible for any rebate funds)
- Shade reports must show annual access is at least 80%
Shade Analysis Requirements
The following shade analysis will be accepted:
- Solmetric SunEye
- Solar Pathfinder
- Wiley ASSET Software
- Aurora software with LIDAR data available
- Bright Harvest
The rebate application process will follow the standard interconnection process.
- Submit the following documents to WMGLD at firstname.lastname@example.org
- One-line diagram stamped by a Massachusetts Professional Engineer
- Panel and Inverter spec sheets
- Proof of property ownership (i.e. deed or tax bill)
- Copy of Contractor/Homeowner Agreement
- Shade report for each roof plane or a consolidated report showing shading impact on each roof plane
- WMGLD’s Interconnection Application is reviewed and approved by WMGLD and sent back to the customer, typically within 10 business days of receipt of application and all required documents by WMGLD
- WMGLD’s Interconnection Application and Interconnection & Solar Net Metering Agreement, both signed by the
customer and WMGLD, are sent by the customer to MMWEC as part of the grant application process.
- To start the grant application process, the customer must go to the MMWEC website at https://nextzero.org/wakefield/solar-rebates/ and complete the MMWEC
online application and submit the required forms.
- After the installation is completed, the local Wiring Inspector must inspect and approve the installation; and sign the WMGLD Certificate of Completion. The customer must submit the Certificate of Completion to WMGLD.
- Upon receipt of the Certificate of Completion, WMGLD will schedule an inspection, meter installations, and witness testing with the customer and their solar company.
- WMGLD will issue to the customer a Permission to Operate Letter after successful inspection and testing. This grants the customer permission to interconnect with WMGLD’s electric distribution system.
- To finalize the rebate process, the customer must send the following documents to MMWEC for processing:
- WMGLD Permission to Operate Letter
- MMWEC Project Completion Form (provided in the Rebate Reservation Notification email)
- Installation invoice
- If applicable, Change Request form (provided in Rebate Reservation Notification email)
- Upon receipt of all documents required by MMWEC, a rebate check will be issued to customer within 90 days by MMWEC on behalf of WMGLD