Solar community responds to release of Net Metering and Solar Task Force Report

May 4, 2015

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.

Enabling Our Clean Energy Future

April 29, 2015

Dear Chair O’Connor and Acting Commissioner Burgess:

Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Power

April 28, 2015

Today, Environment Mass released a new report, Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America, comparing the amount of solar currently installed in 64 major U.S. cities.

Environmental groups express concern over minimum bill proposal before Task Force

April 27, 2015

With the month of April coming to a close, the Net Metering and Solar Task Force is preparing a set of final recommendations for the legislature.  Among them, is a possible recommendation to implement a minimum bill for all electricity ratepayers.  A minimum bill sets the floor for electricity bills.  Their appeal, from the utility perspective, is that they effectively guarantee that every electricity account will have to pay some amount of money to the utility every month regardless of how much electricity is used, solar power is generated, etc.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

April 23, 2015

You say solar is working in Massachusetts. I hear conflicting reports.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Massachusetts has had an incredible string of solar successes. We are a national leader in solar power. The Commonwealth ranks 2nd nationwide for the number of solar jobs created and 4th in terms of total installed capacity. The solar power systems installed in Massachusetts generate enough electricity to power 120,000 homes. 

Solar continues to be held captive to net metering limits

April 22, 2015

With this winter's snow all but melted and the temperatures climbing, solar projects across the Commonwealth remain on hold thanks to net metering cap limits. As of 4/22, more than 60 MW of solar was on the waiting list in National Grid territory (see table below).  The current backlog of solar projects is greater than the total amount solar installed in Massachusetts in 2011.  Stalled projects include low income, community shared and municipal solar projects.

Solar community asks legislators to act quickly to raise net metering caps

April 15, 2015

In a letter sent to legislators today, Massachusetts solar industry representatives asked legislators to raise net metering caps as soon as possible.  Net metering caps have been hit in National Grid territory, limiting access to solar in 171 comunities in the Commonwealth and stalling more than 55 MW of solar projects (see column d in the highlighted area below).  The amount of solar projects on hold at the moment exceeds the total capacity of solar installed in Massachusetts in 2011.

New Study Values Solar at 22-28 cents per kWh

April 14, 2015

A study released today by the Acadia Center puts the value of solar at 22-28 cents/kWh, with additional societal values of 6.7 cents/kWh.  A summary of the study's results from the Acadia Center is below.  You can access the study here.

More than 120 people stand up for solar on Beacon Hill

April 8, 2015

Massachusetts citizens, businesses, organizations and solar developers from across the Commonwealth gathered on Beacon Hill yesterday at the Stand Up for Solar lobby day.  More than 120 people met with or stopped by more than 130 legislative offices in a strong show of support for solar and the policies that have encouraged its development. Participants asked legislators to act quickly to address the net metering cap issue to keep solar working for Massachusetts.


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