Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant

SERVING THE TOWN OF HINGHAM

Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) is closing in on 125 years of service to the community of Hingham. HMLP continues to provide low cost, safe, and reliable electricity to the residents of Hingham while maintaining a high level of service and customer satisfaction. HMLP’s employees work hard to ensure that HMLP continues to strive for perfection.

Energy Saving Rebates and Programs

HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS

Energy New England (ENE) provides no-cost energy assessments to residential customers of its partnering utilities. ENE’s expert Residential Energy Advisors will assess your home to identify heating, lighting, and weatherization opportunities can lead to increased energy efficiency and save money on your utility bills. All participants receive a Home Energy Assessment report that describes potential home improvements, the return-on-investment ratio, and a summary of rebate programs. What can I expect during my Home Energy Assessment?

Schedule your no-cost Home Energy Assessment via online sign-up, email us at hea@ene.org, or call 888-772-4242.

REBATES PROGRAMS: ELECTRIC ACCOUNT ELIGIBILITY & RESTRICTIONS
  1. Rebate program is for residential electric accounts only. Commercial accounts aren’t eligible to participate.
  2. Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) will determine your electric account’s eligibility to participate in the program.
  3. An active residential electric account with HMLP for 6 months.
  4. Electric account must be in good standing with no overdue bills.
  5. Rebate item must be installed at account location.
  6. Landlords can apply on behalf of tenant accounts for rental buildings. The landlord(s) and/or tenant(s) can inquire about this guideline from HMLP at any time. HMLP will require the signature of both the building owner and the HMLP account owner on the application if they are separate. Any desired or necessary negotiations are to be worked out between the landlord(s) and tenant(s).
  7. Resident must agree to allow HMLP to inspect the installation on premises.
  8. Rebate will be paid in the form of a check mailed to the address on the residential electric account.
  9. Rebate maximums reset on Jan. 1.
  10. HMLP may request additional information or reject rebate applications at any time.
  11. Offer is subject to funding availability and can expire at any time.

To check you electric account’s eligibility, call Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant at 781-749-0134 or email customerservice@hmlp.com.

Contact rebates@ene.org for all other questions.

ENERGY STAR® APPLIANCE REBATES

HMLP is pleased to offer rebates to customers purchasing selected energy efficient ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. ENERGY STAR appliances have been defined by the Department of Energy (DOE) as being significantly more energy efficient than the average comparable model.

Appliance Rebate
Refrigerator (old refrigerator must be taken away) $25
Clothes Washer
Dehumidifier
Central A/C (SEER 16.5+) $50
Programmable Thermostat
Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat $100
Heat Pump Water Heater (must be WiFi-enabled, Solar-Assisted heat pumps eligible with UK efficiency ratings) $500
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • $200 maximum in appliance rebates per residential account per year, not including the Heat Pump Water Heater. Limit of one Heat Pump Water Heater rebate per customer per account per year.
  • Rebate will not exceed 50% of purchase price. 
  • Appliances included in a home purchase are not eligible for rebates.
  • Rebates are issued as a check.
  • Purchase date must be within the current calendar year.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked by 12/31 of the current calendar year.

Required Documents:

  1. ENERGY STAR certificate
  2. Sales receipt
  3. Proof of disposal (refrigerator rebates only)

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or do not have access to one, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

HINGHAM DRIVES ELECTRIC

Save money. Save time. Save carbon. Now is the time to switch from gasoline to electricity. Plug-in electric cars are fast, fun, affordable, and efficient. Compared to gasoline vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) are less costly to operate and maintenance is cheaper and simpler. Hingham Drives Electric is a local initiative designed to raise awareness about the benefits of replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with EVs. Residents in HMLP’s territory are encouraged to test drive and experience the speed and power of EVs first hand.

Visit Hingham Drives Electric or contact one of ENE’s EV Specialists to take advantage of EV deals and stay informed on rapidly growing EV market.

HMLP EV Related Rebate Rebate

Wi-Fi Capable Level 2 EV Charger Purchase 

(enrollment in HMLP’s Dollar a Gallon required)

$300
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • One EV Charger rebate per household, per account.
  • Enrollment in HMLP’s Dollar a Gallon required for rebate.
  • For more on HMLP’s Dollar a Gallon, please contact an ENE EV Specialist or see HMLP’s website.
  • Work can be completed by a contractor or self-install. Self-installed labor costs aren’t eligible for rebate.
  • Appliances included in a home purchase are not eligible for rebates.
  • Rebate issued as a check.
  • Purchase date must be within the current calendar year.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked by 12/31 of the current calendar year.

Required Documents:

  1. Vehicle registration
  2. Charger receipt and/or vehicle purchase invoice with an itemized detail of charger included with purchase of vehicle
  3. Installer invoice showing some or all payments made
  4. Level 2 Model Number detailed on invoice or receipt

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or do not have access to one, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP REBATES

To participate in the Hingham Municipal Light Plant’s air source heat pump rebate, you must not have natural gas heat and have completed:

  1. a home energy assessment within the last 2 years
  2. a Post-Install QA with Abode Energy Management

Sign up online or call Energy New England (ENE) at 888‐772‐4242 to schedule. Your assessment will provide a list of energy-saving recommendations.

HMLP customers are required to have post-install verification from Abode Energy Management in order to qualify for a rebate. System pre-qualification is not required but encouraged. Visit Abode’s heat pump resource page to schedule a no-cost, virtual, pre-install consultation, read about the rebate process, and find a local, reliable contractor. The no-cost consultation includes an objective comparison of up to three project estimates.

Equipment Rebates
Ducted/Ductless Heat Pump $750 per ton, up to $4,500
1 Ton = 12,000 BTU/hr. Item BTU’s are measured at 95°F 

 

$500 weatherization adder & $1,000 whole-home adder available. Details below.

  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • Eligible customers must have a primary fuel source other than natural gas for heating.
  • Customers with natural gas as their primary fuel source are eligible for Mass Save incentives
  • Heat pump units must be on NEEP ccASHP List. If replacing an existing heat pump system, the project is only eligible for a rebate if the existing heat pump equipment is not listed on the NEEP list.
  • $4,500 maximum Heat Pump rebates per residential account, per year, not including adders.
  • $500 adder for residents who complete weatherization changes recommended in their home energy assessment report. Eligible weatherization projects must be at least $500 to receive the full adder amount. 
  • Home energy assessment is required and must be dated within 2 years of job date.
  • Rebates are issued as a check.
  • Purchase date must be within the current calendar year.
  • Equipment included in a home purchase are not eligible for rebates.
  • Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 31st of this year.

Required Documents:

  1. Installer invoice showing some or all payments made
  2. AHRI or NEEP certificate showing AHRI number, SEER2 & HSPF2 ratings
  3. Home energy assessment report dated within the last 2 years
  4. Abode forms are sent directly to ENE upon completion of the Post-Install QA

Apply online using the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or do not have access to one, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

WEATHERIZATION REBATES

Eligibility: HMLP customers who heat with a fuel other than natural gas are eligible for the program. Mass Save offers no-cost home energy assessments and weatherization incentives for Hingham households and businesses that currently heat with natural gas. Visit Mass Save’s website for more information.

A home energy assessment is required prior to applying for a HMLP weatherization rebate. Sign up online or call Energy New England (ENE) at 888‐772‐4242 to schedule. Your assessment will provide a list of energy-saving recommendations.

Improvements Eligible Rebate Type Rebate
Attic Insulation

50% of job cost, up to $1,000

 

Wall
Floor or Crawlspace
Rim Joist
Weather Stripping Air Sealing
Caulking
Interior Storm Windows
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • Home must have existing heating fuel other than natural gas. Natural gas customers are not eligible for HMLP’s program.
  • Qualifying measures are those recommended from the Energy Audit/Home Energy Assessment.
  • Home energy assessment must be dated within 2 years of job date.
  • Rebate maximum is $1,000 per project which resets annually; lifetime maximum per electrical account is $4,000.
  • Rebate will not exceed 50% of job cost.
  • Work can be completed by a contractor or self-install. Self-installed labor costs aren’t eligible for rebate.
  • Rebate issued as a check.
  • Purchase date must be within the current calendar.
  • Application must be submitted to the portal or postmarked by 12/31 of the current calendar year.

Required Documents:

  1. Proof of payment
  2. Home energy assessment report

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or do not have access to one, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BULBS

HMLP has had several energy efficient lighting programs with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs that have included our subsidizing discounts at local stores, distributing free bulbs at our office, giving them to several groups at the Senior Center, sharing them with Hingham students at various educational outreach programs and have made them available to participants at the Hingham Family Fun Day.

LED bulbs are available at HMLP’s office on 31 Bare Cove Park Drive, Hingham, MA. Customers must call the office before coming to pick up a light bulb at 781-749-0134. Please see the Hingham Light Plant website for and program requirements and Commercial Lighting program details.

SOLAR REBATE

HMLP is pleased to offer a solar rebate of $0.60 per Watt, capped at $6,000 (10 kW AC). Please read HMLP’s information about Net Metering and the Interconnection Application for detailed information regarding the program. Direct questions to HMLP’s Engineering Manager, or Sustainability Coordinator.

COMMERCIAL ENERGY ASSESSMENT

Commercial properties can now receive Energy Assessments that cover lighting and HVAC equipment. To schedule an assessment, please email a completed Commercial Intake form to commercial@ene.org. or call Energy New England (ENE) at 888-772-4242.

HMLP has contracted with ENE to provide energy management studies and to develop a plan of action for each energy conservation measure identified. The assessments cover such end-uses as lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The specialist develops energy conservation measures that are end-use specific based upon standard engineering analysis as well as cost estimates derived from experience or other similar projects.

HMLP has structured the program so that the customer pays one third (1/3) of the cost of the assessment. The remaining two thirds (2/3) of the cost of the assessment will be paid for by HMLP. HMLP’s portion will range from $500 to $3,750.

COMMERCIAL LIGHTING RETROFIT REBATE PROGRAM

HMLP offers a Lighting Retrofit Rebate to its commercial, industrial, and municipal customers that retrofit inefficient interior lighting systems, or convert outdoor lighting to Light Emitting Diode (LED). The lighting rebate applies to the retrofitting of existing:

  • T8 & T12 fluorescent lamps with magnetic ballasts to T5 or T8 lamps with electronic ballasts
  • T8 & T12 high output or high intensity discharge (HID) fixtures to T5 or T8 high output with electronic ballasts
  • Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) exit signs with new Light Emitting Diode (LED), Electroluminescent, or Photo luminescent exit signs
  • High pressure sodium, mercury vapor, or incandescent outdoor lighting to LED
  • The installation of occupancy sensors – passive infrared and/or ultrasonic detectors only with no manual ON or override switches

HMLP caps the rebate amount at 50% of the project cost with a maximum of $4,000 per account. The rebate amount is credited to the customer’s account.

For more information about this program, email commercial@ene.org, or call Energy New England at 888-772-4242.

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