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Renew Boston Solar

Increasing solar energy system capacity in Boston to 25 megawatts (MW) by 2015.

With the assistance of U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative the City of Boston launched Renew Boston Solar to encourage the widespread adoption of solar energy in Boston. Through Renew Boston Solar, the City is:

  • Encouraging the installation of solar technology throughout Boston, including easing permitting requirements, mapping feasible locations, and planning the city-wide bulk purchase, financing, and installation of solar technology
  • Work with local organizations to maximize Boston 's participation in state incentive programs and innovative financing initiatives
  • Tracking and mapping solar and other renewable energy systems in Boston

Solar Boston partners include the U.S. Department of Energy, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, local utilities and unions, an anonymous foundation, and a broad range of local, regional, and national clean energy stakeholders.

U.S. Department of Energy's Sun Shot Initiative
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


  • Solar System Boston Screenshot

    NEW Boston Interactive Solar Map from Mapdwell

    The Solar System Boston is a new map which enables homeowners and businesses to quickly and easily understand their roof’s solar potential and installation cost estimates.  Solar System Boston is a partnership with Mapdwell®, a Boston-based  M.I.T. spin-off that looks to advance collective sustainability through information, education, and choice architecture, to provide accurate and accessible information about going solar. The tool has mapped all 127,000 buildings in Boston for their solar potential and found that Boston has a potential for 2.2 GW (gigawatts) of solar power.

    Solar System Boston: Solar Map »

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    NEW Solar Permitting Guide for Contractors

    Before doing proposed work on a solar facility, homeowners or installers must complete either a short-form or long-form building permit application. Stay informed of zoning, historic districting, and other requirements listed in the solar permitting guide, below.

    Solar Permitting Guide »

    Solar PV Information for Contractors »