January 2016

A primer on solar energy and policy in Massachusetts

January 31, 2016

Rep. Frank Simzik and his staff have put together a fantastic solar briefing as part of a recent solar policy update e-mailed to constituents and supporters.  We loved it so much we thought we'd share it with you.

Solar Energy in Massachusetts: What is solar net metering and how can it benefit communities in the Commonwealth?

Solar Net Metering: The Basics

 What is solar net metering?

Solar advocates say projects imperiled under bills being negotiated

January 14, 2016

MassSolar hosted a legislative briefing on solar on Beacon Hill today.  The briefing discussed the range of benefits that solar provides across the Commonwealth and the impact of recent legislative proposals on low income, community shared and municipal solar.  You can view a PDF of the MassSolar presentation here.

DOER announces small solar set aside in SREC program

January 8, 2016

This Tuesday, DOER announced its intention to exercise its regulatory authority to create a small generation unit set aside in SREC II.  This set aside totals 120 MW.  This set aside is intended to preserve space in the program for solar projects sized 25 kW or less.  The remaining SREC capacity will continue to be allocated to solar projects on a first-come-first-served basis, as before.  Public comments on DOER's proposal will be accepted through January 19th.

DOER's announcement has been included below.