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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How do SRECS Work?
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How do SRECS Work?

In Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and most of the east-coast and Mid-Atlantic solar markets, the main incentives driving the solar market are SRECs, which stands for Solar Renewable Energy Credits. If you’re looking to get into the industry or expand your current business, you need to know how they work, how to communicate their use to customers and where you can find more information if you really want to dig deep. We’ve had a lot of people asking about them, and though the large developers have them figured out, we want to make sure the small guys are getting in…
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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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Community solar projects offer solar power to those without rooftop panels
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Community solar projects offer solar power to those without rooftop panels

Solar-Power Sharing Programs May Be Poised to Take Off Community solar projects offer those without rooftop panels a way to tap the sun’s power Many consumers would like to switch to solar power but can’t. It could be their homes have too much shade or their roofs can’t accommodate solar panels, or perhaps they live in a condominium or apartment building. Enter so-called community or shared solar, which allows people to buy solar power from centrally owned arrays. The power is delivered by the local utility, and customers get credits on their monthly bills for any power the project sells…
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