REPORT: How Massachusetts Can Triple the SMART Program to Reclaim Clean Energy Leadership
Massachusetts is in danger of falling short when it comes to achieving our existing renewable energy and climate goals. Solar energy must play a fundamental and growing role in displacing fossil fuels from the Commonwealth’s energy mix if we are to reach those goals – and of all the renewable energy sources, it is the one with the most potential for local growth.
Historically, the Commonwealth has had strong solar policies that have provided thousands of customers with the choice to go solar and contribute to our state’s fight against climate change. But constant changes to these policies and gaps between them have slowed growth and discouraged investment. In recent years, Massachusetts has seen a 50 percent decline in new solar installations, resulting in thousands of job losses in solar and languishing projects.
Vote Solar is calling for ambitious clean energy policy action this year to reclaim the Commonwealth’s national leadership. Let's get MA back on track to meet our renewable energy and climate change goals. Our recommendations to expand the SMART program will:
- Create 8,000-9,000 well-paying local jobs
- Drive more than $5 billion in direct investments to Massachusetts
- Expand clean energy access and improve health in low-income and environmental justice communities
- Put the state on track to achieve its 35 percent by 2030 renewable energy requirement
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