A new solar incentive program, known as SMART, has been proposed to support the continued development of solar in Massachusetts. A range of issues with the program, however, threaten the continued viability of key market segments, including community shared and low income solar.
A report released last week highlights the benefits of increasing the state's RPS and expanding our renewable energy economy. It also outlines what's at risk if we don't. See the press release below for a summary and link to the report.
In a recent blog post, the national solar industry trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association ("SEIA"), urged Massachusetts to raise net metering caps that have stalled solar projects across half the state. MassSolar agrees on the need to raise net metering caps but and emphasizes the need to go beyond a 1% cap increase and fashion a net metering cap solution that would avoid the need for the solar industry to seek a cap increase on an annual basis. The industry needs and deserves that kind of market and policy certainty.
Yesterday, the Sierra Club launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the commitment to 100% renewable energy in cities across the US. Now, more than ever, cities are well-positioned to lead the energy transition and tackle climate change. Read more below.