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SMART solar tour complete, Massachusetts DOER readies launch

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 29, 2018

The State of Massachusetts completed a seven stop tour educating the public on its newest electricity grid development program – the 1.6 GW SMART solar program. As the highly successful SREC programs come to an end on November 26, at 12 PM EST, over 11,000 direct solar professionals within the state are paying attention. Kaitlin…

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Massachusetts’ SMART program is a go – the details matter though

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | September 28, 2018

The solar power market in Massachusetts is the perfect example of the infamous solar-coaster. The state’s highly successful SREC & SREC II programs both ended faster than politicians expected, leaving large gaps of market continuity after each of the programs ended. Valiantly, the Department of Energy and Resources extended the SREC II program multiple times…

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Agrovoltaics: a solar-powered safety net for Massachusetts farmers

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | September 23, 2018

The long-term, steady income of solar power complements the higher revenue, but harder work of traditional farming. The Massachusetts SMART program looks to increase this trend with “agrovoltaic” incentives for solar co-located with crops. They’re called solar farms for a reason – we deploy our seeds of steel, we water the ground with copper, and…

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Massachusetts calls for ‘Clean Peak Standard’ to green dirtiest, most expensive power

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | September 1, 2018

The State specified that retail electricity suppliers must provide customers with clean electricity during defined ‘clean peak periods’, at less than $0.005/kWh averaged across annual usage. The State of Massachusetts has put forth plans that will require retail electricity utilities to provide buyers with cleaner and cheaper electricity options during the most expensive and dirtiest…

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SMART problems in Massachusetts

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 16, 2018

The state’s upcoming solar program looks as if it will very quickly move through allocated volume, stranding developers and installers and tens of millions of dollars worth of projects. The State of Massachusetts has a solar powered problem on its hands. The problem might be that the state has created a program that is too…

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