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Governor Charlie Baker, joined by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson, took a trip out to Marlborough to tour Solar City’s regional office to see firsthand the Commonwealth’s burgeoning clean energy industry and highlight the next solar energy incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or S.M.A.R.T., with representatives from Solar City and Tesla.

“S.M.A.R.T. allows the Commonwealth to continue to support solar as an important part of our diverse energy portfolio while bringing the cost to ratepayers more in line with the decreasing cost of solar installations,” said Governor Baker, speaking to the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth.

Solar City is the nation’s and Commonwealth’s largest residential solar lease provider, and has installed more than 18,000 projects in Massachusetts, representing 27% of all completed solar projects. Solar City employs approximately 500 employees at 7 service centers in Massachusetts. The partnership between Tesla and Solar City will allow solar customers to pair their solar installations with storage technologies that not only benefit the customer, but all ratepayers as we combat peak electric demand.

img_1354-copyThe S.M.A.R.T. initiative – which was unveiled last month and still needs to go through public hearings before it is enacted – will cut the $400 million to $500 million annual cost of incentives in half and offer a more reliable revenue stream for developers, said Judith Judson in the MetroWest Daily News. It provides incentives to solar developers who build arrays on roofs, landfills, brownfields, or industrial areas instead of open spaces.

In April 2016, Governor Baker signed a law that directed DOER  to develop the next solar incentive program. And after a robust stakeholder engagement process, the department announced the S.M.A.R.T. program, one that has received positive feedback from solar developers, investors and ratepayers.

S.M.A.R.T. will allow Massachusetts to continue to be a leader in solar power, building on our first in the nation standing in solar jobs per capita and fourth in solar installations. “Our goal is to have a long-term stable solar market in Massachusetts,” said Judson. “Solar is a great industry for employment.”

Find out more about the S.M.A.R.T. incentive.

 

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