News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Governor Patrick Signs Bill to Expand Successful Solar Energy Programs

Governor Patrick signed a bill today that will dramatically expand access to solar energy for families, businesses and local governments. The bill, An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth, makes refinements to the state’s Green Communities Act and includes provisions to enhance the development of solar, wind and energy efficiency programs. Among the major improvements was an expansion of the net-metering program, which allows local governments, businesses and homeowners to sell the electricity they generate from solar panels and other small onsite renewable energy sources back to utilities to offset their electric bills, and even generate some revenue. 

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

New Report: Extreme Downpours and Snowstorms Up 81 Percent in Massachusetts

Eleven months after Hurricane Irene led to flooding that devastated much of Massachusetts, a new Environment Massachusetts report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 81 percent more frequently in Massachusetts since 1948.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Massachusetts Legislators Pass Bill to Expand Successful Solar Energy Programs

Massachusetts legislators sent a comprehensive energy bill to the governor's desk today that will dramatically expand access to solar energy for families, businesses and local governments. The bill, An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth, expands the state's most successful solar program, the net-metering program, which allows local governments, homeowners, businesses and others to sell the excess solar power they generate back to the grid, significantly offsetting the cost of installing solar. The cap on net-metering was lifted from 1% of peak load for private generation and 2% for public generation to 3% for both private and public entities. This means that a total of 6% of Massachusetts' electricity can now be net-metered.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

New report details municipal-level data on solar installations

Cities and towns across the Commonwealth are leading the way when it comes to solar power according to a new report released today by Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Falmouth, Cape Cod, leading Massachusetts in Solar Development

Falmouth and Cape Cod are leading the way when it comes to solar power according to a new report released today by Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center. Falmouth has 127 individual solar installations, behind only Boston, with 157, despite having around 5% of the population of the Bay State’s capitol city.

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