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Worcester Energy Program’s Residential Rebate Pilot

Tired of being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, all while paying high utility bills? You might qualify to receive up to $5,000+ in rebates (even more for 2 - 4 family homes) for qualifying energy improvement projects that will increase the comfort and value of your home.

The City of Worcester is providing rebates to qualifying Worcester residential homeowners of 1, 2, 3 and 4-family buildings for energy efficiency and renewable installation work! The Residential Rebate Pilot is designed to help defray the costs for homeowners who implement energy efficient upgrades to their homes, while also demonstrating energy efficiency gains that result from the completion of the approved efficiency projects.

Program Update – March 3, 2014: Please note that our program has changed. Effective March 3, 2014, instead of previously required HERS (Home Energy Rating System) tests, we will require an Energy Performance Scorecard as part of the application process. Please read the Program Guide prior to starting the work for more information about how to qualify and apply. 

Program Update – August 4, 2014: Please note that a Rebate Calculator for Solar Projects (an excel spreadsheet) has been added in order to determine each solar project’s eligible amount. The calculator accounts for other eligible solar incentives (grants, tax credits and solar renewable energy certificates) prior to calculating RRP rebate. It is designed to be consistent and transparent about its assumptions. The calculator requires only five entries in order to determine eligible rebate amount and should be included with the main application form.


Pre-Application Information:





If you decide to apply:


*** For Solar Projects only - Rebate Calculator (excel; to be attached to the application)

Following Installation of Energy Efficient Measures, Submit the Following to the City:


(with a list of required attachments, such as signed off as final building permits, post-installation EPS and paid invoices) 


Program Status as of June 30, 2014:


Total Grant Amount Allocated for Rebates   $628,580
Total Spent on Rebates $54,000 (12 applications)
Approved Applications (work is on-going)     $129,472 (34 applications)
Approval Pending $39,843 (10 applications)
Applications Under Review 18 

Total Funds committed to executed

or pending agreements

(including rebates issued to date) 

$223,315 (36% of the total)

Note: This table will be updated quarterly


  For more information, please contact our offices at: 

508-799-1400 x 5 ~ worcesterenergy@worcesterma.gov

Worcester Energy Program; c/o Division of Planning & Regulatory Services

City Hall - 455 Main Street, Room 404, Worcester, MA 01608