“We appreciate the efforts of the Massachusetts legislature passing key renewable energy provisions as part of ‘An Act to Advance Clean Energy.’ However, we are disappointed that caps to net metering remain in place and that no community solar provisions have been adopted as part of the legislation,” said Brandon Smithwood, CCSA’s Policy Director. “Community solar in Massachusetts is now fully dependent on the SMART tariff, which is awaiting a final decision from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The utilities have proposed arbitrary limits to customer participation and we’re looking to the Department and the Baker administration to ensure that this limitation is rejected and that community solar can continue grow and provide equitable access to solar for all customers in the Commonwealth.”
The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar to all American households and businesses through community solar. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who receive credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. Community solar provides homeowners, renters, and businesses equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation regardless of the physical attributes or ownership of their home or business. Community solar expands access to solar for all, including low-to-moderate income customers, all while building a stronger, distributed, and more resilient electric grid. For more information, visit our website at www.communitysolaraccess.org, follow us on Twitter at @solaraccess and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/communitysolaraccess.