This Spring, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) undertook a process to evaluate and modify the Commonwealth Wind Micro Scale Initiative. During this effort, they solicited feedback on proposed modifications with the intention of improving and updating the Micro Wind initiative, and received many responses from Micro Wind stakeholders.
As of May 27, 2010, MassCEC’s Micro Wind Initiative has resumed operation. Updated solicitation documents and summary of modifications are posted on their website.
MassCEC has expressed gratitude to all those who provided feedback and input during this process. Input related to the proposed changes was key to creating the revised application materials, and input on other issues will be taken into consideration in their ongoing evaluation of the program.
Micro Wind Overview
The Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program – Micro Wind Initiative provides rebates for the installation of small wind projects that are up to 99 kilowatts and located at residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities. The applicant and project site must either be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or be a customer of a Municipal Light Plant Department that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. Applications are received on a rolling, first come first served basis.
Through the Micro Wind Initiative, MassCEC has funded more than 70 awards to small wind projects. More than 60 of those projects are now installed and operating. MassCEC’s goal is to provide incentives for the installation of well-performing and responsibly-sited projects using commercially-proven technologies.
Source: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center