Massachusetts is one of our nation’s great solar success stories, due in no small part to their first-rate net metering program. This program has enabled thousands of Massachusetts homes, businesses, and public agencies to go solar, save on their energy bills, and invest in a healthier, more sustainable power grid for all Bay Staters.
In 2012, we saw an important expansion of net metering in Massachusetts – lawmakers doubled the amount of clean energy that qualifies for this important customer right by raising the net metering cap from 3% to 6% of utilities’ peak load. The new provisions also exempt solar systems smaller than 10kW from the net metering cap, which means Massachusetts homeowners who invest in solar are now guaranteed to get fair credit on their utility bills for the valuable clean power they put back on the grid for other to use.
Policy Needs & Next Steps:
We’re working to lay out a vision for Massachusetts’ solar future; the state is on track to meet its current 400 MW solar carve out under the Renewable Portfolio Standard by the middle of the decade. We know solar power can do so much more for Massachusetts; it’s time to think gigawatt-scale. Sign up for updates on how to keep MA a solar leader!
Vote Solar lead for Massachusetts is Hannah Masterjohn.