operating community solar, community solar + storage, and distributed generation projects, totaling 251 MW



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The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, launched in 2018, is the Department of Energy Resources (DOER)'s incentive program, which supports the development of solar in Massachusetts.

The DOER regulation articulated in 225 CMR 20.00 sets the regulatory framework for this program. The tariff-based incentive is paid directly by the utility company (in this case, National Grid) to the system owner (in this case, AES), following the approval of the application by the Solar Program Administrator and DOER.

The SMART Program is a 3,200 MW declining block incentive program. Eligible projects must be interconnected by one of three investor-owned utility companies in Massachusetts: Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. Each utility has established blocks that decline in incentive rates between each block.

The SMART program was introduced to help reach the state’s solar installation goals and replaced Massachusetts' previous incentive program, Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SRECs). In April 2020, the SMART program was doubled to offer higher incentives to further support the state’s renewable energy standard goal and sustain the solar industry through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on the SMART Program design and launch can be found in the following presentation: 

SMART Program Design and Launch

For more information on the MA SMART program, please visit the Mass.gov website: 

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

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Who is eligible?

Subscriptions are open to qualified residential and commercial utility customers of National Grid, including:

  • Homeowners
  • Condo and apartment renters
  • Government entities & school districts
  • Small businesses & religious institutions

Why choose community solar?

  • No solar panels on your rooftop or property

  • Benefit from clean, renewable, locally produced energy
  • Tangible economic benefit via savings on your utility bill
  • No responsibility for solar system upkeep and maintenance
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  • You can subscribe to a portion of the production of an AES-owned community solar project, based on your electricity usage.

  • Apply through AES or one of our community solar customer acquisition partners.

  • Sign a short-term contract with customer-friendly cancellation provisions and no upfront payment.

Contact us

We want to hear from you! For any inquiries or comments about our Massachusetts projects, please contact the AES Northeast Stakeholder Relations team directly at:



Massachusetts office hours

Have a question or comment for AES about our work in your community? Give us a call during these hours to talk to a company representative.

  • Every Monday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET
  • Every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET
  • Call our Northeast team at 508-917-5028