Using the sun to power our homes, businesses, and government buildings has come a long way in Massachusetts. Solar capacity has increased 30-fold since 2007, when Governor Patrick set his goal of installing 250 megawatts by 2017. We’re now at 105 MW installed, with solar arrays in at least 334 of our 351 cities and towns.
This solar momentum will be enhanced by the recent award of a $566,354 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Rooftop Solar Challenge. We have developed the “Mass Solar: Making it EZ” pilot program to ease the installation of solar photovoltaics (PV), make solar energy more accessible and affordable for Massachusetts residents and small businesses, and maintain our state’s leadership in the clean energy sector.
Five cities and towns – Boston, Cambridge, Harvard, Hatfield, and Winchester – are partnering with the Department of Energy Resources, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Solar Energy Business Association of New England, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and MassDevelopment to develop solutions for lowering the non-hardware – or soft costs – of solar installations. These soft costs account for up to 40 percent of the total cost of installed rooftop PV systems in the United States. I am thrilled that Massachusetts is involved in this initiative to advance the adoption of solar energy and hope you will check out the video below and the links to find out more information.
You can find more information online at DOER or by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative web page.
Market-Based Program Designed to Continue Solar Growth posted on Jul 30
This April, the Commonwealth launched its second Solar Carve- Out Program. Built on the success of the first solar carve-out program, SREC II is designed to continue to drive Massachusetts’ solar growth and particularly provide incentives for smaller solar projects, building mounted units, community shared solar, solar canopies, emergency power and low income housing.
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .