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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Could community solar’s future be at risk in Massachusetts?
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Could community solar’s future be at risk in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sat before the Senate in the Statehouse and outlined his vision for solar in the state’s future yesterday. Of particular interest was net-metering, and net-metering caps, which figure prominently in the cost analysis of any solar project. Governor Baker was quick to mention that he would not push for changes to the law regarding net metering for either individuals or industrial users, meaning users with roofs and capital to make such investments. Though, the future of commercial and Community Solar – remember Community Solar is the only way for those with less financial wherewithal to get solar…
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Sticker shock: National Grid asks to raise Massachusetts electric rates 20%
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Sticker shock: National Grid asks to raise Massachusetts electric rates 20%

I'll be the first to admit the irony - yesterday, we posted a story praising National Grid CEO Steve Holliday for his views on the future role of distributed solar generation. And today, I feel compelled to bash National Grid from this same soapbox. Specifically, National Grid, "one of the largest providers of gas and electric services in the world", was in the news, as it has state regulators in Massachusetts permission to raise the price of electricity by 20% this coming winter. Their reasoning: “Due to continued gas pipeline constraints, the electric supply prices remain volatile and relatively high, though not as high as last winter.”…
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Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO
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Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO

Steve Holliday, CEO National Grid: “The idea of large power stations for baseload is outdated” Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the company that operates the gas and power transmission networks in the UK and in the northeastern US, believes the idea of large coal-fired or nuclear power stations to be used for baseload power is “outdated”. “From a consumer’s point of view, the solar on the rooftop is going to be the baseload. Centralised power stations will be increasingly used to provide peak demand”, he says, in an exclusive interview for World Energy Focus, a publication of the World Energy…
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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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