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Following is a statement by Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on Governor Baker’s signing of compromise legislation to lift the cap on net metering in Massachusetts and on his decision to issue an emergency regulation extending the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
State legislators reached a much-needed end to the solar impasse in Massachusetts, when the House and Senate agreed on legislation to raise the state's net metering caps by 3 percent. Following is a statement on the agreement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Inaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the Commonwealth’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program has stopped construction of more than 500 solar projects valued at $617 million, which is costing cities and towns $3.2 million in annual tax revenues, according to analysis conducted by Vote Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), applauding 100 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for writing House leadership supporting legislation to assure strong net energy metering policies.
Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), following this evening’s remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in his 2016 State of the Commonwealth address
SEIA Applauds Baker Administration for Leadership on Raising Near-Term Net Metering Caps in Massachusetts; Voices Concern Over Longer-Term Framework
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker today filed a bill that will address the need to raise the net metering caps in the Commonwealth. The Governor’s action is an important step in the legislative process. It recognizes both the popularity of solar in the state and its importance to the economy, and it advances the Governor’s commitment to reaching and exceeding 1,600 megawatts (MW) of solar in Massachusetts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a strong first quarter, industry leaders are warning that future solar growth in Massachusetts is being jeopardized because net energy metering (NEM) caps have been reached in many areas of the state. These caps have been hit because of the exploding popularity of solar – evidenced by a 150 percent increase in new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter a year ago.
Boston - The Mass Solar Coalition, an alliance of solar and clean energy industry organizations, businesses and solar and environmental advocates, commended the work of the Net Metering and Solar Task Force, which sent a final report to the State Legislature Friday with recommendations on the future of solar policy in the Commonwealth.
Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today.