Section 15. (a) For solar photovoltaic projects with a total project cost that is less than $100,000, a state agency, building authority or local governmental body may acquire photovoltaic panels and associated equipment for onsite use of the energy generated by these panels from contracts procured by the operational services division under section 22 of chapter 7 and sections 51 and 52 of chapter 30.
(b) For purposes of this section, “total project cost” shall mean all construction costs of a photovoltaic project, whether borne by the utility, agency, authority or body or other sources, including, without limitation, the costs associated with equipment purchase and installation of such equipment. Ancillary services provided at no cost, such as auditing and design, shall not be considered part of project cost.
(c) Sections 44A to 44M, inclusive, of chapter 149 and section 39M of chapter 30 shall not apply to contracts entered into under this section.