1. Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

    Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

    A cap on reimbursements is again stalling some solar energy projects in central and Western Massachusetts. It remains an open question whether a new incentive program for solar projects, which is expected to start this summer, will solve the problem. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it will, although solar industry representatives are skeptical. "We are continuing to be a national leader in solar energy and energy efficiency," said Mike Judge, director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division at the state Department of Energy Resources. "We're continuing to promote solar, at a lower cost than we have been."

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    1. We are continuing to be a national leader in solar energy and energy efficiency.
    2. In urban areas in the eastern part of the state, you can't find sites for a larger project.
    3. We need the caps raised to get those projects restarted and make room for ... new projects for the state.
    4. Whatever way you choose to get compensated for your energy, you're going to receive the same total amount of compensation under SMART regardless.
    5. It should help, but our understanding is net metering is likely to still be needed.
    6. We think that if anything, the policy situation now should be more accommodating of it.
    7. If you're going to motivate consumers, you should go with what they have come to know, and what they know is net metering.
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