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Thoughts from Paris

December 13, 2015

The historic climate agreement reached at the Paris summit Saturday commits virtually every nation to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

“This agreement, your agreement, is not an end in itself,” French President Francois Hollande said at the closing session of the summit. “It is only the beginning.”

“This didn’t save the planet,” Bill McKibben, the co-founder of 350.org, said of the agreement. “But it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.”

The Energy Revolution: Budgeting Carbon for the Climate

November 30, 2015

Climate change requires urgent action. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the planet has a carbon budget of 1,000 gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 starting from now. If we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to stay within this budget.

Net metering is not a subsidy

November 24, 2015

CONTRARY TO UTILITY ASSERTIONS, net metering is not a subsidy.  It’s mechanism  that allows solar owners to receive credit, similar to rollover minutes on a cell phone plan, for power they feed into the grid.

Talking to our Elected Leaders about Solar

November 21, 2015
A number of folks have asked - What do I say to my representatives when they aren't sure whose numbers to trust, utility numbers or the solar industry numbers? 

You might remind your rep that the legislature formed a net metering task force that commissioned an independent study of the costs and benefits of solar.  That independent assessment concluded that for every dollar invested in solar, solar provided $2.20 to $2.70 in benefits to the commonwealth at large. 

Senate saves solar from House bill, but net metering caps remain in place

November 20, 2015

The legislature adjourned on Wednesday evening without agreeing to compromise solar legislation.  This is both good news and bad news. The good news is that the extreme policy measures in the House bill won’t become law any time soon.  The bad news is that net metering caps remain in place and will continue to prevent projects from moving forward in

Shocking Solar Bill Would Kill Massachusetts Solar Industry

November 17, 2015

The Massachusetts House passed a solar energy bill (H.3854/S.1979) tonight that will effectively eliminate the Massachusetts solar industry. It is now up to the Senate to suggest an alternate path that will support a vibrant solar economy. 

MassSolar strongly opposes the bill passed by the House and is working with legislators in the House and Senate to develop alternative solar policies that would foster the long-term, vibrant growth of solar in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 3854 / Senate Bill 1979

State House solar rally draws big crowd

November 17, 2015

Around 150 solar advocates converged on the State House asking state lawmakers to eliminate net metering caps in Massachusetts. Speakers from MassSolar, Environment Massachusetts, Vote Solar and the IBEW local 103 joined solar business owners on the steps before bringing their message inside.

Eversource's solar disinformation campaign

November 15, 2015

The utilities will say anything to get their way on net metering caps and solar.  Facts, it seems, are largely irrelevant. MassSolar has gotten hold of a PPT presentation Eversource has been shopping around at the State House to convince legislators to keep net metering caps in place.  The presentation is filled with inaccurate claims, half-truths and false information.  

50 cents for cleaner air and a lower electricity bill

November 10, 2015

Would you pay 50 cents a month to breathe cleaner air, drink cleaner water, and ensure a more livable climate? 

What if everyone who agreed to pay 50 cents a month for cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate, also had their electricity bill lowered 70 cents a month? 

That is essentially what the Net Meter Task Force report says will happen if we embrace solar power in Massachusetts. 

To State Lawmakers: Raise the Cap and Prioritize Interconnection

November 10, 2015

Solar advocates in Massachusetts are urging state lawmakers to raise the net metering cap before the upcoming Thanksgiving recess.

Net metering is a program that compensates solar users for the excess clean energy they produce.

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