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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


  • Renew Boston Solarize

    City Launches Renew Boston Solarize

    Renew Boston Solarize is a three month campaign that will make solar panels more affordable and accessible for Boston homewoners and small businesses.

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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 »

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    Renew Boston Solar Interactive GIS Map

    The Renew Boston Solar map allows you to see active renewable energy installations within the City, and to calculate the solar potential of building rooftops. The map was created by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Innovation and Technology in cooperation with the Renew Boston Solar program.

    Renew Boston Solar Map »