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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Solar Advocates Look For Answers On Net Metering
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Solar Advocates Look For Answers On Net Metering

Phil Cavallo surveys a large plot of land off MacArthur Drive in Bourne, not far from the Bourne Bridge. Bulldozers hum in the background, clearing the 7-acre tract, which, by mid-October, will be covered with 4,300 solar panels. This is the future home of the Bourne Community Solar Farm, and Cavallo’s company, Beaumont Solar, is handling the installation. Cavallo said community solar farms are perfect for people whose homes don’t meet the criteria for solar panels. “This is sort of a non-invasive version of it, which is, ‘Hey, I can get the solar power. I can get it as cheaply…
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Is Baker’s bill good for solar?
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Is Baker’s bill good for solar?

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. If the Baker administration is to be believed, this bill is great for solar and will keep the industry growing for a long time.  Is this true?  Is the Baker bill good for solar?  Before you can answer that, you need to understand the essential ingredients for a good solar bill.  In MassSolar’s view, a good solar bill must do at least…
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program

// Greentech Media: Headlines This past Friday, Governor Charlie Baker filed a solar bill in Massachusetts. That fact alone -- the act of filing a bill, without regard to its content -- was welcome news for the solar industry and solar customers in the state. With non-residential net-metering solar development capped in the 171 cities and towns in National Grid service territory, and the ITC cliff fast approaching, legislative action this fall to lift the net-metering caps is the critical priority for Massachusetts solar advocates, and the clock is ticking. Now, after the Senate passed a net-metering cap increase two…
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