I am happy to act a reference for NE Clean Energy. As you may know, we had an excellent working relationship with our first installation onto the roof of my home on Sanders Way, complicated by the requirement to have a new roof installed at the same time. NE Clean Energy and the roofer worked very closely and made the two installations, including the coincident installation of a hybrid/piggyback Sun Drum solar hot water heating system very seamless. In fact I was so happy with the results that I had NE Clean Energy do a second installation of solar panels 1-2 years later on my garage.
When I’ve had problems with the system, NE Clean Energy has been quick to respond. First when part of the Sun Drum system failed (I was a Beta test for them), the Clean Energy team worked collaboratively to get everything back on line in short order. When a family of squirrels decided to make the under surface of the solar panels their home, NE Clean Energy quickly responded to make certain the critters had done no damage. And when a box on an outside panels was found to be not up to code, Clean Energy repaired it in short order.
In the past three years, we have paid ONE electricity bill; for a very cold February. We currently hold >$250 credit with Eversource. The second installation was not eligible for a Massachusetts grant, but does earn Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC); so I typically receive a check for about $250 four times a year. We received $20,000 Federal Tax Credits for both installations. Between the two installations, I calculate that I earn a yearly return of 10-12% on my investment. Since this is tax-free (except for the SREC’s), I am earning an actual rate of return of 16-18% on my capital investment! Admittedly I will not have a return of principle, but 8 years in, the system has paid for itself and I now enjoy pure profit. Working with NE Clean Energy has been the best investment I have ever made.
Though the SREC program will end soon, I believe the Federal Tax Credits remain and Massachusetts still has incentive programs in place. With proper southern exposure, a solar installation, especially from NE Clean Energy, remains an outstanding investment. And solar energy has the LEAST environmental impact compared to ALL other means of energy production.