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Mass Power Forward coalition launched

September 17, 2015

100+ Environmental Organizations, Faith & Economic Justice Groups and Small Businesses Launch Coordinated Campaign to Fight for Clean Energy

How our electricity markets work

September 16, 2015

Ever wonder why we have a wholesale and retail electricity market?  What an RPS is and how it encourages renewables?  These and many other questions are answeres in a newly published document, Electricity Markets Primer, authored by the Conservation Law Foundation and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. In ten chapters, this document aims to demystify how the New England's electricity markets work in a way that  lay people understand how it all works.

Massachusetts ranks 4th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

September 3, 2015

A new report, Lighting the Way, released today by Environment Massachusetts shows that the Commonwealth remains a solar leader in the US but that leadership is threatened by the lack of action on net metering caps.  

IRS Rules Favorably on Owner’s Eligibility for Federal Tax Credit for a Community-Shared Solar Project

September 2, 2015

The IRS delivered some good news for homeowners that purchase a share in a local community shared solar system!  Individuals involved in these types of solar projects can take advantage of the 30 percent federal residential income tax credit.  Details about this September 1st ruling are below along with information about an upcoming Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) webinar on the topic.

According to a CESA press release:

Is Baker's bill good for solar?

August 13, 2015

Last Friday, the Baker administration filed a solar bill aimed at addressing the net metering caps that have stalled solar projects across the Commonwealth. This move comes shortly after the Senate voted unanimously to advance legislation that would raise and then eliminate net metering caps.

Solar power's benefits outweigh its costs

August 11, 2015

MASSACHUSETTS IS A LEADER in solar power and most experts will tell you that has been a good thing for homeowners, businesses, low income communities, and everyone else who pays for electricity in the state. But unless the Legislature acts soon to preserve and expand the “net metering” caps and the other vital policies that got us here, the cost savings that all of us are enjoying will disappear.

Solar projects on hold thanks to net metering caps

August 10, 2015

As MassSolar has noted on more than one occasion, net metering caps have stalled solar projects in 171 communities across the Commonwealth.  Stalled projects range from low income and community shared solar to municipal and commerical solar projects.  Below is a list of some of the projects currently on hold.  

Oxford Community Solar Park

Keep solar's future bright

August 5, 2015

The sun will soon set on solar job creation in Massachusetts if lawmakers don't turn up the heat.

House adjourns for summer without raising caps. What's next for solar?

August 4, 2015

The last two weeks have been remarkably successful weeks for building momentum across the Commonwealth and on Beacon Hill for lifting the net metering caps. First Senator Downing introduced legislation to lift the net metering caps and the Senate passed that legislation unanimously, with bipartisan support coming from the Minority Leader, Bruce Tarr. 

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