New State Rules Doubles Solar Power Capacity in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has made significant progress in its solar energy capacity, now reaching 3,200 MW through the SMART program.

The initiative provides financial incentives to promote solar project growth and has expanded eligibility criteria to include low-income solar projects. The program also actively promotes energy storage products, further enhancing the state's renewable energy infrastructure. Despite past workforce setbacks, the newly implemented regulations are expected to help the state achieve its climate objectives and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Nathan Phelps, Regulatory Director for Vote Solar, expressed optimism about SMART regulations with the Coalition for Community Solar Access.

The implementation of new clean energy regulations in Massachusetts has significantly impacted 80 solar projects. Most land was "ineligible" for ground-based solar panels, resulting in 90% of sites being unavailable. Community solar projects were set to suffer the greatest losses, and the state could have lost up to $731 million in solar investment.

It appears that the state is falling short of its emissions reduction targets. In order to combat this issue, the implementation of solar energy will be of utmost importance. On July 10, 2020, the DOER submitted the final SMART Regulations to the Secretary of State, which are now fully in effect.


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