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3,052 Massachusetts solar jobs lost last year!

February 8, 2018
The Solar Foundation released a stunning report on the state of solar in Massachusetts.  They announced that Massachusetts had lost over 3,000 jobs in the last year or 21% of all solar jobs in Massachusetts. 

Net Metering Cap Update

February 6, 2018

Net metering caps have posed a challenge for a number of solar projects the past couple of years (Note: Small-scale solar projects, e.g. most rooftop residential projects are exempt from net metering caps).  The legislature’s approach to net metering caps is to grant small cap increase every couple of years.  However, due to the high demand for solar, the cap increase never last long.  As soon as caps are hit, solar is put on hold across Massachusetts.

Challenging Eversource's new solar fees

February 6, 2018

Last month, our friends at Vote Solar announced that it will challenge the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) recent decision to raise rates and create uncertainty for future solar customers in the Eversource utility territory. The non-profit advocate, represented by Earthjustice, is appealing a January 5th DPU order that forces residential solar customers to pay additional charges, which could range anywhere from $4,400 to $9,400 over the life of the solar system, depending on the customer.

SMART solar program update

November 19, 2017

Last week, DOER issued an announcement about the next steps in the SMART solar development process, namely the competitive procurement process that will establish the base compensation rates for new solar projects.  We've pasted the announcement below.

Announcement

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) takes this opportunity to share two significant announcements regarding the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program. 

Massachusetts’ Solar Industry Stands United at Hearing on Net Metering Caps

October 4, 2017
PRESS RELEASE Boston, MA (October 3, 2017) – Industry associations and leading advocates representing Massachusetts’ 495 solar employers, 15,000 solar employees and countless solar customers and supporters, today highlighted the need for immediate action on a suite of bills critical to job creation and economic development in the Commonwealth.

Energy Storage = Resilience plus Cost Savings in Sterling

September 25, 2017

A new video detailing the economic and emergency preparedness benefits of the battery storage system in the town of Sterling, Massachusetts has been released by the non-profit 

Redesigning for Resilience

September 22, 2017

Think about this... 20% of Florida lost their power for 5 days or more. 

Sierra Club - Solar is Worth Fighting For

September 21, 2017

Sierra Club launched a video today in collaboration with Golden Globe-winning actor John Leguizamo called "Solar 101." 

Despite popularity and record-breaking growth, rooftop solar is increasingly under attack. Learn why solar energy is worth fighting for in under two minutes! 

MassSolar before and after the eclipse

August 22, 2017

Take a look at how much the solar eclipse affected production for MassSolar installations. Here is a graph that shows total production from 6 systems with a total system size of 78kW spread from central Mass to Eastern Mass. 

100% Renewable Boston

August 9, 2017

A report released last week by Environment Massachusetts outlines steps the City of Boston can take in order to be powered 100% by renewable energy.

According to Environment Massachusetts: Boston residents are feeling the impacts of our dependence on dirty energy like oil and gas — from rising sea levels and severe storms to asthma attacks and missed days of school and work.

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