News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Solar bill headed to Governor’s desk

After months of deadlock over the future of solar energy, the Massachusetts Senate passed a compromise bill today to lift caps on a key solar program.

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On anniversary of solar caps, yet another obstacle to clean energy

Families and businesses hoping to switch to solar energy were dealt another setback yesterday, when a key solar program hit its cap for towns and cities served by Eversource.

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One year after solar caps hit, 100 House members urge swift action

As a standoff over a key solar energy program drags on into its twelfth month, halting solar projects across Massachusetts, 100 state representatives sent a letter today asking House leaders to ensure the continued growth of solar.

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Mayors ask state leaders to preserve key solar program

Mayors and top officials from 32 cities and towns, led by Mayor Setti Warren of Newton, sent a letter to legislative leaders today urging them to support policies that enable municipalities to install solar energy.

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One year after solar caps reached, advocates call on Speaker to act

As gridlock in the Massachusetts Legislature continues to stymie efforts to expand clean energy, environmental advocates launched a monthlong campaign today marking the one-year anniversary of hitting a cap on solar power, and called on House Speaker Robert DeLeo to act.

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Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores

As the obstacles facing Massachusetts’ solar industry continue to mount, Environment Massachusetts released a report today showing tremendous potential for solar installations on “big box” retailers, grocery stores, and shopping centers.

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Obama gets an A- for environmental budget items

“Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A-. It is fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted.” – Ben Hellerstein, Environment Massachusetts

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Legislature fails to lift solar caps, despite broad public support

The Legislature failed to lift caps on solar net metering during its final formal session of the year today. As a result, solar projects that have been stalled for more than seven months will likely remain in limbo until January at the earliest.

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Statement: House solar bill is “outrageous,” officials must do better

As the Massachusetts House considers legislation today to lift the caps on solar net metering, Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein issued the following statement.

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Thousands of Residents, Civic, Business Leaders Demand Legislature Expand Solar Power

More than 100 activists and solar power supporters rallied at the State House today demanding House Speaker Robert DeLeo lift a cap that has stalled the growth of solar in towns and cities throughout the state. Urging action before the legislative session ends Wednesday, advocates delivered letters signed by more than 1,000 civic and business leaders, as well as more than 8,000 petition signatures from Massachusetts residents, asking state officials to expand opportunities for solar power.

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