The State of Massachusetts is a national leader when it comes to solar energy with over 100,000 projects and more than 2,5000 MWH installed in recent years. The Smart program is the short term for Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, which is an incentive program designed to help solar projects grow. The program’s main focus is to finance, to double the program’s capacity, and to expand eligibility criteria for low-income solar projects. In addition, the Smart program encourages people to adopt energy storage products. With the new regulations, the SMART program doubled its capacity and will support an additional capacity of 1,600 MW. The total new capacity will be 3,200 MW.
According to the data from the Massachusetts Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the new rules will have a big impact on the current solar workforce. Currently, more than 4,000 solar jobs in Massachusetts, representing more than 50% of the solar workforce, are expected to be lost through the 2020 summer due to COVID-19. New rules will help the solar industry with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic where everything has stopped and also will help the state meet its climate goals.