Calculate how much you can save on your Eversource MA bill with solar panels

Average 25 year solar savings for a Eversource MA customer: $84,648

Average solar panel cost: $16,840 - $20,582*

Estimate solar panel cost and savings based on your location, roof and power use.

*Solar panel cost varies by location, solar panel mqanufacturer, system size and the amount of electricity your home uses.

Adding solar panels and switching rate plans can lower your Eversource Energy Massachusetts electric bill

Updated: October 22, 2020

There are three ways you can reduce your Eversource MA bill: changing your habits, switching your rate plan, and adding solar panels.

You've probably heard a lot about reducing energy consumption by doing things like switching to LED lightbulbs and adding insulation to your walls, but these fixes are relatively easy compared to the far more impactful step of making changes to your lifestyle.

The second thing you can do is switch your rate plan. Eversource MA doesn't offer time-of-use billing that can help you save money by shifting your usage of energy-intensive appliances to off-peak hours, but there may be other options for you .

Finally, you can reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill by installing solar panels on your home.

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How much can I reduce my Eversource Energy Massachusetts bill by switching to a different rate plan

For some people, the savings from switching rate plans may only be a few dollars per month, but for many it can be $20-$100 per month. That's between $240 and $1,200 that you may now be paying to Eversource Energy Massachusetts each year for no reason.

Finding out what's available to you is as simple as a phone call or email to Eversource Energy Massachusetts. Even a small savings can be worth it.

Are solar panels worth it for Eversource Energy Massachusetts customers?

Absolutely, yes! With the state’s 15% solar tax credit, generous SMART solar incentive program, (including an available low income solar plan), and sales and property tax exemptions, solar panels make a lot of sense for Eversource Energy customers in Massachusetts. Eversource net metering policy also ensures you get credited on your power bill at full retail rates for the excess solar electricity your panels produce. Your credits are rolled over and applied to your next month’s bill.

Does Eversource Energy Massachusetts offer full 1 for 1 net metering credits for exported solar power

Yes, Eversource Energy Massachusetts offers 1 for 1 net metering. This means you are paid the same rate for excess solar energy that you export to the utility grid during the middle of the day as what you pay for power purchased from the grid.

In the case of Eversource Energy Massachusetts, this is approximately $0.19 per kWh.

What incentives, tax credits and rebates are available to Eversource MA customers for installing solar?

The major financial incentive currently available until the end of 2021 is the 26% federal solar tax credit. The way this works is that the full cost of the system needs to be paid to the installer, and this tax credit can then be claimed back as cash when you next do your taxes.

Many states, local governments and utilities also offer incentives for homeowners who go solar. This help can take the form of state tax credits, rebates, tax breaks, SRECs or even performance-based incentives. The best part is that all of these incentives apply in addition to the federal credit.

Here is every incentive you may be eligible for as a Eversource MA customer:

Table 1: Incentives
Upfront Incentives Value*
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Federal) -$6,314
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program (State)

*The per kWh incentive rate for this calculation was pulled from the Eversource East number for Block 4, which is the largest remaining block by MW (i.e. affects the largest number of people)* The SMART program is a descending block incentive program that requires utilities to play a flat, per kWh rate that remains the same for 10 years. Renewable energy credits generated on the SMART program are retained by the utility.

Varies
Renewable Energy Equipment Sales Tax Exemption (State)

State law exempts equipment directing relating to any solar which is being utilized as primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of supplying energy from state sales tax

Varies
Transitional SRECII program (expired) (State) Varies
Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption (State)

Cost of system exempt from property taxes for 20 years.

Varies
Residential Renewable Energy Income Tax Credit (State) -$1,000
TOTAL -$7,314

*Based on 8.73 kW system, average installation cost $25,285

Who are the best solar installers near you?

 

How much does installing solar panels save the average Eversource Energy Massachusetts residential customer?

If you input the details for a Eversource MA customer with a power bill of $200 per month into the best online solar panels calculator, it tells you that you need a 8.73 kW solar system that will produce 10,305 kWh per year and that this system will return the owner a $84,648 profit after repaying the cost of the system.

The solar savings possible for you as an Eversource MA customer will depend on the amount of electricity you use and the cost of the solar system you buy. Savings also vary based on the direction of your roof or any shading of your roof that affects output.

Here is a monthly and lifetime solar savings estimate for the same relatively typical Eversource MA customer with a $200 per month electric bill prior to solar and who installs a 8.73 kW solar system.

How much do residential solar panels cost for Eversource MA customers?

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Prices based on a 7.7kW system, after 26% federal tax credit

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices

$14,408-$17,610

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$71,335-$87,187

Payback period

3.4-4.1 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

7.7kW

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Table 2: Estimate details

System Size (for 100% usage offset)

8.73 kW

Annual Power Generation

10,305 kWh

Pay-back time (assuming Cash purchase)

4.2 Years

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) on Investment

19.9%

Gross cost

$25,285

Total Upfront Incentives and Rebates

-$7,574

Net Cost of System after rebates and incentives

$17,711

Total Cost of Utility Power Avoided over 25 years

$83,810

Please note that the investment return figures do not include the possible increase in property value.

What are the environmental impacts of Eversource Energy Massachusetts customers installing solar panels?

While most homeowners decide to install solar panels because of financial savings over time, the environmental impacts of this choice are the primary motive for others. Here is a breakdown of the environmental benefits from an Eversource Energy Massachusetts customer installing a 8.73 kW solar system on their property:

A solar system generating 10,305 kWh per year will save you money AND make the world a nicer place

Saves you

$3,386

on average per year

Reduces CO2 emissions

5.1

tons per year

Equivalent to planting

36 trees

per year

Equivalent to driving

11,284 mi

less per year

CO2 emissions calculation based on the electricity generation and emissions data for your state in 2015 as published by the US Government Energy Information Administration.

What factors affect the price of solar panels for Eversource Energy Massachusetts customers?

The cost of installing solar panels will vary with brands of solar panels and inverters you choose and also the installation company you choose to install them.

It is common to see really good systems, using quality brands of equipment, being sold for around $2.90 per watt or $17,711 for a standard 8.73 kW solar system after the customer claims the 26% federal solar tax credit.

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