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 283 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Massachusetts, employing 8,400.
- In 2012, Massachusetts installed 133 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 6th nationally.
- The 361 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 58,500 homes.
- In 2012, $476 million was invested in Massachusetts to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 210% 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 9% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 5% from last year and 28% 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 5.6 MW, Canton Landill Solar Facility is among the largest solar installations in Massachusetts. Completed in 2012 by Southern Sky Renewable Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 900 homes.
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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 283 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: 58 manufacturers, 27 manufacturing facilities, 118 contractor/installers, 24 project developers, 12 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