Getting SMART About Massachusetts Solar

After a number of years of using solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to underpin and stimulate the growth of solar energy statewide, Massachusetts is currently in the process of implementing a new incentive program based on a tariff concept. The rapid increase of solar in Massachusetts over the past decade is a direct result of… Read more

Time for lawmakers to override solar veto

Via the Portland Press Herald, the editorial board speaks out about the need for the Maine legislature to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of L.D. 1504, Maine’s solar bill: The governor maintains his opposition to solar power, again claiming that he is protecting the poor and elderly from being taken advantage of by people rich… Read more

What New Hampshire PUC’s Ruling on Net Metering Means for Solar PV

New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) has issued a long-awaited ruling on solar net energy metering (NEM). The rule is a compromise which resolves uncertainty around New Hampshire’s solar energy policy, and reinforces the basic argument of solar advocates – that solar generates value for the grid well above wholesale rates – as well as calling for important… Read more

New Hampshire’s Legislature Votes to Accelerate Solar Deployment

A big thank you to solar advocates throughout the Granite State, who helped convince the New Hampshire legislature to vote in overwhelming favor for SB129. This historic vote shows that there is wide bipartisan support for clean energy. Currently SB129 is waiting on Governor Sununu’s signature. Assuming it successfully passes, SB129 will: More than double… Read more

Partner Perspective: Democratizing Energy Choice

Our energy choices have been mostly limited to coal, oil, propane and gas for the past 150 years of the Industrialized Revolution, during which these energy dense fossil fuels powered the most rapid progress in the history of humankind. To maintain the resulting present day level of comfort and convenience people expect, we are now… Read more

Maine’s PUC Proposes New Tax on Solar Production

Ignoring its own Value of Solar study and the directive of the legislature to develop policy to accelerate solar energy investments and projects in Maine, the Maine Pubilic Utilities Commission has proposed a draft set of rules on net energy metering which would significantly weaken the economics of solar investments and slow down rather than… Read more

What’s Next for Solar in Maine?

With ‘neXt metering’ out of the picture (for now), retail net metering remains the law of the land in Maine. Anyone who signs up to go solar today can apply for the same interconnection agreement for net metered solar as they could before, and our friendly front-end staff is ready and waiting to help move… Read more