Several Massachusetts towns have been selected for a new state-sponsored program that promises to lower the cost to home and business owners by replacing their fossil-fueled heating systems and traditional air-conditioning units with energy-saving heat pumps.
“HeatSmart Mass” seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner and business owner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.
The participating communities will receive the following technologies:
- Bolton and Harvard: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps
- Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps and modern wood heat
- Great Barrington: Air-source heat pumps
- Nantucket: Air-source heat pumps and solar hot water
As harvardpress.com reports, participation in the HeatSmart Mass program will allow Harvard and Bolton to offer air-source and ground-source heat pumps to residents and businesses at a reduced cost. The pilot will begin in January, and preparation work is already underway, according to Broadbent.
Heat Pumps in the News
In May it was announced that New York businesses and institutions have the chance to get a piece of $15 million in rebates that is being made available to those that install ground source heat pumps. The initiative was launched by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.
The funding is part of the state’s Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy Framework, which aims to promote clean energy. Funding is provided by the Clean Energy Fund, a 10-year, $5.3 billion goal to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for New Yorkers.
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