With the clock running out on its 2014 session, the Massachusetts Legislature has agreed to a short term fix to address the bottleneck of solar projects across the Commonwealth by immediately raising the cap on net metering.
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In a move expected to spur solar heating and cooling (SHC) deployment across the state, the Massachusetts Legislature has approved SB 2214 and sent it to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature. This important legislation will allow renewable thermal technologies, including SHC, to be eligible for alternative energy credits under the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS).
With two days left in the legislative session, National Grid, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and Environment Massachusetts are asking the House Ways and Means Committee to quickly release consensus language on House Bill 4185, a landmark compromise that provides a stable and cost-effective policy solution to support solar energy in Massachusetts. Last week, this broad coalition of stakeholders agreed upon language that
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will give the keynote address Monday at 4 p.m. during the general session of PV America 2014.
SEIA, NECEC Endorse Massachusetts’s Precedent-setting Legislation to Eliminate Solar Net Metering Cap
Saying it reflects consensus from major clean energy, utility and environmental stakeholders while solidifying the Commonwealth’s commitment to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2020, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) today announced their support for proposed legislation for a new net metering and renewable energy incentive program that will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings for ratepayers.
Slide Deck from the Massachusetts Stakeholder Meeting to EXPLAIN a compromise framework for net metering and solar incentives. This is not a regulatory proceeding nor is it a legislative hearing.
Saying it will help to create jobs and expand the use of clean, renewable energy in Massachusetts, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), along with its Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance (SHC), are urging the State Senate to adopt S. 1970, allowing renewable thermal technologies to qualify for the Alternative Portfolio Standard and provide a credit that incentivizes renewable thermal technologies.
Saying it will benefit Massachusetts consumers by improving access to net metering, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its support for legislation in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives, which will allow public and private distributed generation (DG) solar projects to continue, while preserving and expanding jobs in clean, reliable solar energy across the state.
Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013.
A new statewide poll shows that nearly 70 percent of Massachusetts voters believe the solar power industry is important to the Massachusetts economy – up 10 percent since June. The poll, conducted by Princeton Research Associates and released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), also shows that nearly 60 percent of voters see direct benefits from solar power in their cities and towns.