Is the outlook for Solar cloudy in Massachusetts?
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Is the outlook for Solar cloudy in Massachusetts?

By almost every imaginable measure, Massachusetts’ solar movement has been a resounding success, yet its future is in doubt Pushed forward by a number of tailwinds, including the Federal Investment Tax Credit, the State-imposed Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (which created the SREC and SREC-II Programs), and some of the highest retail prices for electricity in the country - solar in Massachusetts has helped lead the way for the country in moving towards more environmentally sustainable energy generation. In addition, job growth in the Bay State has been robust. The state has added over 15,000 solar employees and almost 100,000 clean…
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The time to raise solar net-metering caps in Massachusetts is NOW
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The time to raise solar net-metering caps in Massachusetts is NOW

Massachusetts State Representative Robert DeLeo (follow him on Twitter), Senate President Stan Rosenberg (also on Twitter!), and others should all be applauded for separating the States net-metering caps from the rest of the energy-related legislation that's currently winding its way through Capitol Hill. The filling of the caps has stalled several solar projects across the state, due to the lack of certainty on the issue, so the sooner there is clarity on that, the sooner they can proceed. That net-metering, on its own, can not break Massachusetts’ dependance on fossil fuels, is certain. What it can do though is dramatically reduce our consumption of those…
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs

Advocates of Net Energy Metering call it the most successful method so far to get people off fossil fuels. Now the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has ended the program for new solar customers. [adinserter block="1"] "The energy industry is not static. We have to continue to evolve our policies, our initiatives and our programs," PUC chairman Randy Iwase said. The PUC's order cuts the credit new PV customers will get for sending excess energy to the grid from 26.8 cents per kilowatt hour to about 15 cents under a new Grid Supply program. "That 15.07 cents on Oahu is an…
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignright" width="303"] Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker[/caption] Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to act on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year. One of the proposals would make it easier for the state to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided the interests of ratepayers are represented. Baker said Thursday the bill could help Massachusetts tap into Canadian hydropower. The second bill would raise caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in…
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