Policy Update: Maine’s “NeXt Metering” Fails; Net Metering Raised in Massachusetts New Hampshire
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New Hampshire: Net Metering Increase Signed by Governor
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Massachusetts also bumps up net metering, ReVision offers Mass Solar Loans
We were not personally involved in this legislative battle, but for our growing number of customers in Massachusetts, good news! Massachusetts’s legislature passed a compromise solar bill that increases the net metering cap and also extends the SREC-II program until 2017. This means a solar investment in Massachusetts continues to be an excellent investment (with simple payback in under 10 years, assuming participation in the SREC program).
Other good news, ReVision Energy recently became an authorized installer of the Mass Solar Loan, meaning, we can help you get qualified for a state-backed loan that offers incredibly low interest rates on a finance-to-own solar project.
Our service radius in Massachusetts is essentially everything north and east of Boston, westward to roughly I-190 (Leominster). We offer the same things people love about ReVision – full design/installation of Solar PV, heat pumps, electric vehicle chargers, even batteries! – to customers throughout Northern Mass.
Maine: Solar Policy Unchanged; NeXt Metering Fails by Slim Margin
Although the Maine legislature failed by two votes to launch the 2016 ‘Solar Bill,’ the good news is that full retail net energy billing remains intact. With record low prices for solar equipment and the 26% federal tax credit, today Mainers have the opportunity to derive a strong economic and environmental return on a solar investment. But people may want to invest sooner than later since the Public Utilities Commission will begin a review of net energy billing in the coming months, which could lead to changes in the policy in 2017.
We’ve covered a lot of pixels here about the policy, so if you want more of the ‘play by play,’ here are some links to resources about LD1649 and how things played out in Augusta:
- Utility Dive: Maine lawmakers fail to override LePage veto of solar incentive bill
- Renewable Energy World: Maine Legislators Sustain Governor’s Veto of Unique Solar Bill
- Portland Press Herald: Lawmakers uphold LePage veto, killing bill to boost solar energy
Want to see how your legislators voted? See the Full Roll Call vote list.