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Situation goes from bad to worse as net metering cap stalls private projects in National Grid territory

March 31, 2015

Update: The number of solar projects on hold has doubled in the last 24 hours. As of 4:00PM on April 1st, there are now 22.7 MW of solar projects on hold. This is not a joke. 

Solar valued at 20-25 cents per kWh in Connecticut

March 27, 2015

An analysis released today by the Acadia Center, puts the value of solar electricity in Connecticut at 20-25 cents/kWh. This valuation does not include an estimated 9.6 cents/kWh of benefits resulting from avoided pollution, such as carbon, SOx and NOx emissions.  Media coverage here.

Solar industry’s survival threatened by net meter caps

March 27, 2015

Over half of the 12,000 jobs in the Massachusetts solar industry are at risk due to net metering caps set by the Massachusetts legislature. Solar installers are being forced to put their projects in National Grid's territory on hold. 

Global energy sector carbon emission growth stalls for the first time in 40 years

March 24, 2015

Finally!  Some good news for the climate and further evidence that the energy revolution underway in many parts of the world is having a postive impact: global carbon dioxide emissions did not rise in 2014 despite economic growth. 

Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity

March 23, 2015

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about “all the good things, and the bad things, that may be.”

Solar development expected to slow in Massachusetts as net metering caps reached

March 19, 2015

Last week, the net metering cap for public projects was hit in National Grid territory (see box highlighted in red below).  This according to the latest report from the Massachusetts System of Assurance of Net Metering Eligibility.  Development activity for municipal projects is expected to come to a halt unless the legislature raises the caps once again.

Solar Day of Action

March 17, 2015

Environment Massachusetts is working to get at least 20% of Massachusetts' electricity from solar by 2025. We are asking Governor Baker and other state leaders to be champions for solar power by embracing a goal of 20% solar by 2025.

Maine study values solar at 33 cents per kWh

March 17, 2015
  • The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has released a study valuing solar power produced in the state at 33 cents per kWh — or more than twice what most residents pay for traditional power, the Portland Press Herald reports.
  • The report finds that the societal benefits, which include environmental benefits and the avoided cost of carbo

Residential Installs Exceed 1 GW

March 16, 2015

Demand for U.S. solar power increased 30 percent in 2014 as residential installations surpassed 1 gigawatt for the first time, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.

Hawaii on track to 100% renewable by 2040

March 14, 2015

Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040.

Earlier this month, committees in the Hawaii House and Senate both unanimously recommended bills that would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from the current target of 70 percent by 2030 to the ultimate goal of 100 percent by 2040.

“Even our utility is saying we can hit 65 percent by 2030, so 100 percent is definitely doable,” Sen. Mike Gabbard (D), sponsor of the Senate bill, SB 2181, and chair of Hawaii’s Energy and Environment Committee said. 

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