Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART):
Since its launch in November 2018, SMART has been the primary incentive program for solar electric projects in areas served by National Grid, Eversource, and Unitil. When your system is approved for participation, you can receive incentive payments for 10 years, based on both energy value and the program funding block that’s open when you apply.
You can use the Value of Energy workbook on the SMART administrator’s website to estimate your annual incentive payment. One of the inputs for the workbook is the capacity block that your solar electric system will be assigned to. Consult the table titled “SMART Solar Block Status Update – Expanded Capacity” on this page of updates about the SMART program to find the current block number for your utility. As shown in the Value of Energy workbook, you may also receive extra incentives for including battery storage or for qualifying with a low-income utility rate code.
It’s important to note that SMART incentive rates have been decreasing in certain utility territories. For customers receiving low incentive payments due to higher electricity rates and the changing SMART program structure, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) suggests considering participation in the Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS) market.
Residents of towns with a Municipal Light Plant (MLP) are unable to participate in SMART. Check if your utility offers a separate incentive.