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Massachusetts Solar

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Data Current Through:
Q2 2018
Solar Installed (MW):
2,225.85
National Ranking:
7th (5th in 2017)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
368,844
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
8.56%
Solar Jobs:
11,530
Solar Companies in State:
396 (42 Manufacturers, 144 Installers/Developers, 210 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$5544.31 Million
Prices have fallen
47% in the last year
Growth Projection and Ranking:
1,726 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 13th)
Number Of Installations
82,964

The Massachusetts market is shaped by net metering and a renewable portfolio standard with a solar goal, along with an accompanying SREC market. Net metering caps do not align with program goals, and the legislature has had to act several times to raise the net metering caps. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is working on implementing a successor to the successful SREC program, and once again, net metering caps have been reached in certain utility territories.

2017-YIR-MA

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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.
  • Work with policymakers to improve and implement SMART program

Notable Solar Installations in Massachusetts

  • The Barnstable Municipal Airport array was completed in 2015. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 6.9 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 1,133 Massachusetts homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Massachusetts have gone solar including Bed Bath and Beyond, Boston Scientific and FedEx. General Growth Properties has installed one of the largest such installations with 2 MW of solar capacity at their location in Natick.6  
  • At 3 MW, 100 Meadow Solar in Boston is among the largest solar installations in Massachusetts. This project has enough electric capacity to power more than 649 homes.7

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in Massachusetts

Looking for a local installer? Use the SEIA EnergySage Marketplace to compare quotes and find companies in your area. You can also review the average costs for installing solar in Massachusetts, based on real price data from solar quotes.

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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

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

6Ibid

7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016