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What does good solar policy look like?

March 31, 2016

Net metering caps have been hit in National Grid, Unitil and NStar territories.  SRECs have run out for all but the smallest solar projects and are about to run out completely.

Low income advocates ask legislature to preserve retail net metering

March 30, 2016

Low income advocates sent a letter to the conference committee negotiating solar legislation earlier this week asking that retail net metering be maintained for projects serving low income communities.

NSTAR Solar Projects now on hold

March 30, 2016

As of today, solar projects are on hold in NSTAR's territory. 

Almost exactly one year after solar projects went on hold in National Grid territory - MassACA's net metering allocation report indicates that there are now 2 MW of solar projects on hold in the Eversource / NSTAR territory. 
That means solar projects are now on hold in Boston, Cambridge, most of the surrounding Metro Boston area and on Cape Cod. 

Rooftop solar could generate 47% of Massachusetts' electricity

March 29, 2016

According to a report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), rooftop solar could meet almost half of Massachusetts' electricity demand.  For the country as a whole, NREL estimates a suitable rooftop potential for solar of 1,118GW.

Solar Lobby Day - Truth About Solar

March 29, 2016

These slides provide the latest updates on solar status in the Commonwealth - and our future energy options for Solar Lobby Day on March 29, 2016. 

Protect State's Solar Credits

March 24, 2016

Beacon Hill lawmakers should rebuff efforts to lower net metering credit rates and instead continue to provide incentives for the state’s growing solar industry.

Net metering is a mechanism that allows solar panel hosts to sell unused electric power back to the energy grid for a credit on their utility bills.

A House proposal would lower the net metering credit rate paid by power companies to solar users by up to 75 percent, from current retail prices to a wholesale rate. A Senate bill is less harsh, but could negatively impact community share and low-income solar projects.

Solar Energy Growth Must Not be Blocked

March 17, 2016

It would be better to scrap a solar energy bill stuck in a House-Senate conference committee and start over then pass a bill that could stall the industry in the years to come.

One year after solar caps hit, 100 House members urge swift action

March 15, 2016

A press release from Environment Massachusetts announced some good news for solar today:

Low Income Solar Policy Guide Launched

March 14, 2016

Solar is working for low income communities, in Massachusetts and elsewhere.  A low income solar policy guide, launached today, outlines a range of policies and programs states can employ to expand access to solar and ensure everyone can participate in the transition to a 100% renewable future.

Manufacturing Facts

March 5, 2016

You may remember the AIM infographic that claimed the average Massachusetts manufacturing business is spending $750,000 on solar incentives.

That average manufacturing business would have to be using 96 million kWh of electricity a year, enough electricity to power over 12,750 homes, and that business would be spending $17 million a year on electricity to reach those levels.

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