15,000 solar jobs, $600MM in salaries at risk in Massachusetts
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15,000 solar jobs, $600MM in salaries at risk in Massachusetts

Time to look at the wider benefits of solar to the MA economy The solar industry in Massachusetts has been cranking away for nearly a decade and is on the verge of grinding to a halt. With solar’s future hanging in the balance, we should examine what the wider benefits of solar have been for the state. The State’s main utilities, National Grid and Eversource, enjoy the monopolistic power in the territories that they control, and as such, whatever the price of electricity, they will ALWAYS make a profit. But what happens to the money that their customers pay them every…
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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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Community Solar – Why Massachusetts is ahead of the curve, and needs to stay there
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Community Solar – Why Massachusetts is ahead of the curve, and needs to stay there

We are in the midst of an energy revolution. Massachusetts, the rest of America, and the rest of the world are building out a clean energy infrastructure. This infrastructure will be made of community solar projects, wind turbines and other renewable sources of power. We have a challenge with how we’re doing it in the United States. In certain places the poor are missing out, and the rich, as the adage goes, are getting richer. This isn’t what we had in mind when we say we want to democratize energy. It’s gotten to the point where certain groups are using this economic divide to…
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Beaumont Solar CEO Phil Cavallo’s speech from Environment Massachusetts’ event in New Bedford, MA
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Beaumont Solar CEO Phil Cavallo’s speech from Environment Massachusetts’ event in New Bedford, MA

On September 3, 2015, Environment Massachusetts hosted an even at the New Bedford High School, highlighting the communities actions in general, and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and Beaumont Solar Co. CEO Phil Cavallo in particular. The following were Mr. Cavallo's remarks at the event: Remarks: Sharon, thank you for that introduction and for all you do in your job to promote Environment Massachusetts. Mayor Mitchell I am thrilled to be here today. I, on behalf of all of our employees at Beaumont Solar, thank you for your leadership in driving the City of New Bedford to be one of the…
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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 (SREC) 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 SREC-II (see below for explanation) can be found on SRECTrade.com - they are currently approximately $315/each. Month Solar Radiation (kWh/m2/day) AC Energy ( kWh ) January 2.73 373 February 3.67 447 March 4.58 602 April 5.35 663 May 5.78 715 June 6.15 716 July 6.39…
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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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