Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?
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Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?

The latest pushback against solar power has centered on the benefits that accrue to owners of solar panels, with the intent of making them appear to be “free riders”, unfairly extracting gains to themselves at the expense of their neighbors. Utilities have taken particular issue with Net Metering, and doing everything they can to quash it by pointing their fingers at the owners of solar arrays, accusing them of “leaching” from the system. Let’s be clear: they are not. As much as the utilities would like you to believe (and who else would be fomenting these arguments), the current array…
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Tax credits, reduced costs make solar power shine in Florida
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Tax credits, reduced costs make solar power shine in Florida

Fields and rooftops filled with reflective slabs soaking in the power of the sun and converting it to energy appear to be all the rage this year with utilities and businesses throughout Tampa Bay. Company officials say they’re adding solar arrays because they want to be a good environmental partner, but building them now, by most accounts, just makes financial sense. [adinserter block="1"] Several factors play into the trend that has rooftops and parking lots glistening with mirrored panels at Tampa International Airport, Great Bay Distributors in St. Petersburg, Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar and other local sites. The growing trend…
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We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now
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We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now

2015 has been the best year so far for installing solar into your home for many reasons. We’re experiencing the lowest prices for solar right now. Lowest prices for solar, federal tax credit incentives before 2016 For one, homeowners are still able to claim to federal tax credit that is soon to expire in December of 2016, making your solar purchase much more affordable. This 30% tax credit incentive has been effectual to the solar energy cause, especially in California. The prices for solar energy are at their lowest point right now, and if you complete an installation before the…
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers

State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, the top Senator on energy policy, said today that he sees "a lot of common ground and room for movement" on the state's policy on solar subsidies, as competing proposals are pending before the state Legislature. [adinserter block="1"] One of the most urgent, and controversial, energy-related issues before the Legislature today is what to do about solar net metering. A cap on the financial credits given to solar energy developers for the energy they generate is currently stalling Massachusetts solar projects. Solar developers want the cap to be lifted immediately. Utilities worry that solar subsidies are raising…
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Maryland’s SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About
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Maryland’s SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

(Editors note: This is a link to an older story from May 2015, but it still very relevant and informative) Maryland SREC Prices – On the Rise Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland has long flown under the radar for most developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market does not command the same level of attention from developers as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey. However, things may improve for The Old Line State’s market due to a rise in solar renewable energy credit (SREC) prices. Over…
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition

Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Maura Healy, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified MA 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION that it is in proper form for submission to the people.  The Certification plus a fair and concise SUMMARY of 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION drafted by the Attorney Generals Office and the INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A LAW RELATIVE TO SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY are linked to here. Now the real work begins.  To be taken seriously by the legislature we need 100,000 signatures to net out 65,000 certified signatures by the registrar of each municipality by the third week in November.  The…
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What is an SREC in Massachusetts?
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What is an SREC in Massachusetts?

A Solar Renewable Energy Certificate is a way to measure the amount of clean electricity a solar power system produces. Power Companies - the utilities like Eversource, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric - are required to produce a certain amount of clean energy, or to purchase it from those who build their own solar power system. The current price of an SRECII (see below for explanation) can be found on SRECTrade.com - they are currently (as of late August) approximately $315/each. What this means in plain english: for every kWh you produce, in addition to saving $.18-24/kWh (your price of electricity),…
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