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Massachusetts Solar

The Massachusetts market is driven by an incentive program and community solar programs, in addition to a renewable portfolio standard and accompanying SREC market. The state has set a goal of reaching 400 MW through the SREC program by 2017.

Facts on the Massachusetts Solar Industry

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  • There are currently more than 290 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Massachusetts, employing 8,400.
  • In 2013, Massachusetts installed 237 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 4th nationally.
  • The 464 MW of solar energy currently installed in Massachusetts ranks the state 6th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 75,200 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 6% in the last year. The price to install solar on homes and business has dropped steadily across the country — by 4% from last year and 37% from 2010.

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Notable Solar Installations in Massachusetts

  • Plymouth Schools Solar Farm was completed in 2013 by developer Borrego Solar.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 6 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,000 Massachusetts homes.
  • Another utility-scale project, Warren Solar Farm, is currently under construction in Massachusetts and is scheduled to come online in 2014.  Developed by First Wind, this 14 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 2,300 homes.
  • At 4 MW, Marshfield Solar Project is among the largest solar installations in Massachusetts.  Completed in 2013 by AMSOLAR, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 600 homes.

See our solar installations maps.

SEIA Massachusetts State Policy Priorities

  • Expand solar carve out from 400MW to 800GW or more
  • Defend current net metering programs and ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.
  • Implement a new interconnection tariff and ensure solar carve-out can be met
  • Improve current solar renewable energy credit regulations via the Division of Energy Resources process
  • Maintain and expand of solar heating and cooling programs

Solar Companies in Massachusetts

  • There are currently more than 290 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: 60 manufacturers, 26 manufacturing facilities, 123 contractor/installers, 27 project developers, 13 distributors and 67 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

Support Solar in Massachusetts
A comprehensive solar energy bill (H.4185) was recently introduced into the Massachusetts legislature. If passed, the bill will encourage more Bay Staters to go solar by removing the state’s caps on net metering, and by redesigning the state incentive program. Urge state lawmakers to keep solar shining by passing H.4185!

For more information about SEIA’s activities in Massachusetts, send an email to our state affairs team and we will respond as promptly as possible.

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