Governor Baker Brings Tax Certainty to Massachusetts Solar Customers, Sets Net Zero Emissions Target
BOSTON and WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today Governor Baker signed “An Act Creating A Roadmap for the Next Generation of Climate Policy” into law, ending a months-long standoff with the legislature on this bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. and BOSTON, Mass. — Today, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released emergency regulations that expand and update the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program (SMART), the state’s main incentive program for solar. Following is a statement from David Gahl, senior director of state affairs, northeast for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
BOSTON, Mass. - Today the Solar Energy Industries Association welcomed the release of proposed changes to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, an initiative that supports cost-effective distributed solar deployment in Massachusetts. Only one year into the program, Massachusetts is more than halfway toward the 1.6 gigawatt program limit, prompting a review and new program proposal from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).
The solar industry congratulates Governor Charlie Baker on his reelection.
BOSTON, Mass. - Massachusetts solar advocates are pleased to see that the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued its Order on the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This will not only enable the launch of the program, it will allow the Massachusetts’ solar industry to begin to invest in new projects and return much-needed solar jobs to the Commonwealth.
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commented on the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of a bill that requires the state’s largest electricity utility to refile its plan to charge extra fees to solar adopters and raises the state’s renewable energy goal.
BOSTON, MA (February 7, 2018) - As the Commonwealth’s solar industry continues to fend off attacks at the state and federal levels, a report released today by The Solar Foundation notes that Massachusetts solar jobs saw a double-digit decline in 2017, marking the second year in a row of solar job losses.
Massachusetts D.P.U. Approval of Eversource Rate Changes is a Huge Step Backwards for Customers and Clean Energy
BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today issued the following statements expressing strong disappointment and serious concern with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) recent decision to approve rate changes for Eversource Energy. Both organizations believe these changes will present obstacles to customers seeking to make clean energy choices, including the installation of solar, adoption of storage, energy efficiency and potentially electric vehicles.
Boston, MA – Industry associations and leading advocates representing Massachusetts’ 495 solar employers, 15,000 solar employees and countless solar customers and supporters, today highlighted the need for immediate action on a suite of bills critical to job creation and economic development in the Commonwealth.