CCSA Statement on Announcement of Final Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program Regulations

August 14th, 2017

State’s SMART Program Now Subject to Implementation by State Agencies

Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2017) Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) Executive Director Jeff Cramer today issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the finalization of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program regulations:

“CCSA greatly appreciates the positive adjustments DOER made, including the elimination of hard adder caps. Nonetheless, we remain concerned by the lack of detail regarding the alternative bill crediting mechanism, without which the SMART program will be unable to support community and low-income solar. We look forward to working with DOER and DPU to ensure that the SMART program ultimately achieves the goal of sustainably supporting diverse types of solar development.”

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About CCSA: Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by individual community members, who receive credits on their electricity bills for their portion of the power produced. Community solar projects provide American homeowners, renters and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation unconstrained by the physical attributes of their home or business, like roof space, shading, or whether or not they own their residence or building. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org, follow the Coalition on Twitter at @solaraccess and like the Coalition on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communitysolaraccess.