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South Hadley
(The First Step is to Learn About the Proberm)
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Moss garden in Koyoto

So overused that it was closed to the public in order to save it.




For appliances, windows, doors and roof

26% off solar PV

EV Charging Equipment 30%

Up to $7,500 tax credit list by car as of 2/1/19 none for Tesla or GM


MA State

Heating/Cooling Energy Audits and upgrades for Columbia Gas customers in S. Hadley 1-866-527-SAVE (7283)

Low Interest PV Loans for Columbia Gas Customers
Call 1-866-527-7283 (fastest contact)

Up to $2,500 Incentive for an EV


SHELD -South Hadley MLP

Solar Rebate Program ($6k on 5kw & $12k on 10 kw)
Call Sheld (536-1050) for availability

EV Deal on Bolt (bottomof page)

Appliances to heat pumps amounts vary

Muni Helps Click on South Hadley

Appliances to heat pumps amounts vary

Free level two EV charger for EV owners


The funding for energy audits comes from utilities. That means that if you are a customer of Columbia Gas you can get an audit from them. That audit is likely to be very good on insulation but not so good on electrical things because they are not your provider of electricity. Because all the residents of South Hadley get electricity from the electric light department or SHELD. We can get audits and incentives for things having to do with electrics like appliances (big and small). Both utilities have come up with a way to do audits virtually.

Columbia Gas Customers - Rebates on many gas appliances from thermostats to furnaces and insulation. They arrange free energy audits for customers all via MassSave and during Covid-19 see

SHELD (S. Hadley Electric Light Dept.) - Can arrange free energy audit from MuniHELPS call 1-888-333-7525 , and during Covid-19 see for virtual audits.
For Rebates see

More details as of July. 2021

Renewable energy tax credits and rebates seem to come and go in a very arbitrary way. A check of federal, state, town, seller, installer and utility web sites (some of which are listed below) is the best before any purchase. Also get several estimates and talk to equipment owners. The qualifications, rules and paperwork are also a moving target.

Why should you get tax credits and rebates for renewables? For the same reason we get them for children, education, major illness, business expenses and so on. The credits and rebates are an attempt to get folks to do things that will help society as a whole.

There are now five things which make PV solar a money and life saving idea. They are: the 30% federal tax credit, the partial loan repayment from the Mass solar loan program for folks in certaim income groups, , the end, or nearly so, of an electric bill and, most important, the step toward ending the Climate Change spiral. The incentives are changing all the time.

Mass Clean Energy Center Programs - Some incentives available to South Hadley (or any MUNI) residents if a Columbia gas (or IOU) customer


Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations get a 26% federal tax credit. The work must be done by a professional in order to get incentives. If the tax credit exceeds your tax, the credit can be carried over to the next five tax years. The Mass. state tax credit is up to $1,000 and the MA solar loan progrem which can offer very low interest loans from some banks and credit unions. Some installers who offer loans included in their estimates may have higher interest rates or charge more for the panels and hide the extra cost in the loan. As a benchmark, in 2016 I paid $8,625 for a 2.3kwh PV system. The SMART program (which replaces SRECs) will get residents served by investor owned a check several times a year for ten years. The amount depends on the size of your system and a very complicated formula. South Hadley Residents can sometimes get a rebate from SHELD of up to $12,000. Call


Electric and Hybrid Electric Cars get up to a $7,500 tax deduction depending on the battery size. These expire after the manufacturer sells 200,000 cars. If the deduction exceeds your tax for the year of purchase you loose the excess. Switching retirement money from a tax free IRA to a Roth IRA can increase your taxes. Massachusetts offers a $2,500 rebate at the time of the electric car sale. The MA drive green program offers dealer incentives up to $10,000 depending on the car, the year and the dealer.

MA Rebate $2,500 rebate on EVs

There are also rebates or credits for all manner of home appliance from air conditioners and hot water heaters to furnaces and all sorts of heat pumps. Check your utility first. In South Hadley SHELD offers $25 rebates on the following - clothes washer, refrigerator, freezer dishwasher, room a/c, dehumidifier, and air purifier. A heat pump hot water heater nets you a $300 rebate. These currently end on December 31, 2015 but have been renewed in the past. Massachusetts has many programs via the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The IRS offers tax credits on a host of items but watch the rules. A heat pump water heater is another $300. The in the last few years IRS was often slow in posting the needed tax forms on line. As a result you may have to wait till March to do your taxes.


Mass Solar Loan Program

as of 1/1/21 the program has changed
see website for updates

There has been much talk that only the rich can afford photovoltaic solar upfront costs. That is changing. The Mass Solar Loan Program will funnel 30 million dollars in state funds for solar installs via local banks and credit unions to lower interest rates. South Hadley residents are eligible for these loans. The loan money will buy down the bank interest rate by 3%. Customer rates have been as low as 1.25%. As we found in 2008 it is always good to look carefully at several banks. The best I've heard of is North Brimfield Bank at 866-711-6272. A list of preapproved installers and financial institutions with a description of procedures is available at: Below are some of the important points from the site. NOTE: You can only get one loan so if you think it possible that you might get an electric car, heat pump water heater, mini split, etc., oversize your PV install.

Direct Contacts: Savannah 617-315-9325
Fax: 617-315-9356
informational resources: Program Manual, Support/Income Amounts and FAQ

The Mass Solar Loan Program is designed to make solar PV more affordable. It is administered through local banks. Massachusetts has a one time 15 percent tax credit up to $1,000.