Solar power is creating jobs, diversifying New England’s energy mix, cleaning our air and helping the region fight climate change. Yet many questions have been raised regarding the impact of solar on the electric grid and its fairness to non-solar utility customers and to all ratepayers. We should have a nuanced conversation about equity when discussing any source of energy, but at the end of the day, are solar and net metering—the way we buy and sell distributed energy in almost all of the United States—good for ratepayers?
A press release issued today by the Governor's office announces that Massachusetts has reached the halfway mark for the 1600 MW solar target. This is great news! Legislators need to raise net metering caps to ensure we can get the rest of the way. The press release is included below.
The Net Metering and Solar Task Force wrapped up its work last week. The final report, which includes a set of solar policy recommendations, was made public late Friday night. A press release reacting to the report from the Mass Solar Coalition was released shortly thereafter. The full text of the press release is included below.