The Massachusetts market is driven by net metering, a renewable portfolio standard with a solar goal along with an accompanying SREC market. The state surpassed its goal of 400 MW four years ahead of schedule and has since set a new goal of 1.6GW by 2020. Net metering caps do not align with program goals, and the legislature has had to act three times to raise the net metering caps. Current caps in certain utility territories are expected to be reached again in 2015.
Facts on the Massachusetts Solar Industry
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- There are currently more than 299 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Massachusetts, employing 8,400 people.
- In 2013, Massachusetts installed 237 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 4th nationally.
- The 581 MW of solar energy currently installed in Massachusetts ranks the state 5th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 94,100 homes.
- In 2013, $789 million was invested in Massachusetts to install solar for home, business and utility use. This represents a 50% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Massachusetts have fallen by 30% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily — by 8% from last year and 39% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Massachusetts
- Warren Solar Farm was completed in 2013 by developer First Wind. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 14 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 2,300 Massachusetts homes.
- At 6 MW, Lepomis Solar Project is among the largest solar installations in Massachusetts. Completed in 2014 by EDF Renewables, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,000 homes.
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SEIA Massachusetts State Policy Priorities
- Lift the net metering caps.
- Codify the 1.6GW solar goal and identify the most appropriate incentive regime to achieve the goal.
Solar Companies in Massachusetts
- There are currently more than 299 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Massachusetts. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 61 manufacturers, 26 manufacturing facilities, 125 contractor/installers, 29 project developers, 13 distributors and 71 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Massachusetts State Solar Policy Resources
Department of Public Utilities - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Massachusetts public utilities
Department of Energy Resources - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center - Learn about the state agency dedicated solely to facilitating the development of the clean energy industry
DSIRE incentives database - Massachusetts - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Massachusetts and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Massachusetts State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government