Massachusetts is making changes to the way it supports solar energy

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State aims to launch new program to show support for solar energy projects Massachusetts has begun overhauling its support for solar energy projects. Energy officials announced a new plan this week that aims to cut the annual cost of solar installations for ratepayers. Officials claim that the new support structure will instill more certainty in the energy market, which will allow solar developers to know exactly what level of incentive they will be receiving for their projects. The structure is also meant to foster more stability in the costs that…

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Massachusetts to change program to support solar energy industry

Solar energy industry will gain more consistent financial support from new program Massachusetts is looking to make changes to its solar energy incentives initiative. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released a proposal for a major restructuring of the initiative, which may have major implications for the solar energy industry in the state. Currently, the state offers two types of incentives, but they are very volatile, with their value fluctuating wildly based on many factors. Level of incentives being offered will be based on size of solar projects The…

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New legislation aims to increase solar energy net metering cap in Massachusetts

State looks to increase net metering caps to support solar power growth The Massachusetts House of Representatives have approved a new legislation that aims to expand the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers are eager to see the state’s solar sector grow and have been introducing new incentives to encourage consumers to move away from traditional forms of power in favor of solar. The new legislation may be able to accomplish this by raising the state’s net metering cap, which may further reduce the cost of solar power…

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Lawmakers seek to preserve state rules supporting solar energy

New legislation seeks to change net metering rules for solar customers A group of 100 lawmakers in Massachusetts are petitioning legislative leaders to take action on a legislation that focuses on solar energy. The legislation proposes changes be made to the state’s net metering rules. These rules allow those using solar power to sell excess electrical power back to the grid for energy credits. Utilities currently pay a retail rate for this electricity, but changes to the net metering system will allow these companies to spend much less money on…

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Massachusetts is gaining ground with its solar energy endeavors

State is on track to reach its solar targets ahead of schedule Massachusetts may be on track toward achieving its solar energy goals, according to state officials. If lawmakers decide to lift limitations on a program that provides aid for solar energy developers working in the state. Per state law, Massachusetts will be generating 1,6000 megawatts of electrical power from solar projects by 2020. By easing the limitations on developers, the state may be able to reach this goal early, placing it in a lead position when it comes to…

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Landfill solar project moves ahead in Massachusetts

Northampton is planning solar energy projects to help reduce its carbon footprint. Northampton, a city in Massachusetts, is seeking to become greener by turning an old landfill into a solar farm, which the city hopes will help provide it with a new source of revenue, and the project could begin as early as this summer. Many other municipalities in the state have converted old waste dumps into green energy producers. Northampton will not be the first municipality in the state to transform old landfills into solar farms, but it may…

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New community solar energy project comes online in Massachusetts

Clean Energy Collective opens new solar power facility in Rehoboth The Clean Energy Collective, a leading developer of community-based solar projects, has opened Massachusetts’ latest utility-scale solar facility. The facility is based in Rehoboth and will be providing electrical power to all customers in the same way that conventional utilities provide electricity. The goal of the project is to give consumers access to affordable renewable energy, allowing them more options when it comes to where they get their electrical power. Solar energy project aims to make clean power more accessible…

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Community solar energy projects get a new owner in Massachusetts

Clean Energy Collective purchases two solar farms from BlueWave Capital The Clean Energy Collective, a developer of community solar farms and renewable energy solutions, has made an entry into the solar market of Massachusetts. The company has announced that it has purchased two solar energy projects in the state from BlueWave Capital. These projects are meant for residential and commercial energy purchases. The electricity generated by these projects will be delivered to consumers through Western Massachusetts Electric and National Grid. Massachusetts energy policies help solar power flourish throughout the state…

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Solar energy plan in Massachusetts may cost consumers

Consumers may be facing higher energy costs due to solar power plan Massachusetts is prepared to embrace solar energy, but the state’s utilities are warning that this could be a costly issue. Governor Deval Patrick recently unveiled a new plan that aims to dramatically increase the use of solar power throughout the state. The plan is meant to mitigate air pollution, create new jobs, and help drive energy costs down for homeowners and businesses in Massachusetts. Utilities, however, suggest that the plan will lead to higher energy prices for consumers.…

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IKEA aims to bring solar energy to Massachusetts

IKEA announces new solar energy project Acclaimed furniture maker IKEA has begun wading into the solar energy field. The company has had some interest in clean energy in the past, showing support for various forms of renewable power, especially as its home country, Sweden, begins pushing for higher levels of sustainability. Now, IKEA has plans to install rooftop solar energy systems throughout Massachusetts in order to reduce the state’s consumption of fossil-fuels and benefit from the economic potential of clean power. Solar becomes a strong focus for IKEA in recent…

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Solar energy comes to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

SolarCity provides solar energy directly to city SolarCity, a leading solar energy company, has begun providing electrical power directly to the city of East Bridgewater in Massachusetts. This initiative is expected to significantly reduce the cost of electricity in the town and provide residents with a relief from some financial burdens associated with power acquired directly from utilities. This could be a major breakthrough concerning support for solar energy as SolarCity shows that it can provide power directly to consumers rather than providing this power through third parties. City equipped…

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Solar energy growing rapidly in Massachusetts

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Solar energy makes major progress in residential sector Leading solar energy integrator RevoluSun has released new data concerning the growth of residential solar energy symptoms in Massachusetts. The state has been a strong supporter of renewable energy in the past, but clean power has struggled to find a foothold in the residential sector for several years. According to RevoluSun, residential solar installations began picking up momentum in 2010. The company’s data shows that homeowners throughout the state are beginning to take advantage of the several incentives offered to them to…

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Massachusetts surpasses solar energy goals

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State overcomes solar energy goals ahead of schedule Like other states in the U.S., Massachusetts has set for itself ambitious renewable energy goals. The state has a strong focus on solar energy, believing it to be a very viable alternative to conventional fossil-fuels. Over the past few years, the state has been working to become more socially and environmentally responsible as well as establish more economic stability through the use of clean power. This week, state officials have announced that not only has Massachusetts reached its solar energy goals, the…

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Cambridge Solar Tool helps homeowners see potential in solar energy

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Cambridge Solar Tool launched to raise awareness of solar energy A new online tool has been developed to help residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, understand the benefits of adopting solar energy. Residential solar energy has been gaining popularity in recent months due to the quickly dropping cost of solar technologies and equipment. Homeowners are finding it easier to install solar panels and other system on their property, but many are still unconvinced of the benefits of solar energy. Thus, the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with…

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