Category Archives: The Policy Front

Make Climate-Related Change Happen

June 15, 2017

America was founded by people standing up for what they believe in, and that characteristic continues to define us today. So even though there were many heavy hearts on June 1st when the President pulled America out of the Paris Climate Accord, there are reasons to be hopeful. State and city governments, private companies and…  Read the entire post »

The Sun is Setting on SRECs

May 5, 2017

This time I’m letting an image do the talking. Wait — I can’t help myself — just a few words from me: The sun is setting on SRECs — quarterly checks that you get for going solar in MA — and the replacement program is less generous to the tune of thousands of dollars. Contact us…  Read the entire post »

Solar in a Muni Town – Feast or Famine

March 29, 2017

If you live in Massachusetts and your electricity is provided by your town’s “municipal utility,” then now would be a good time to go solar. Why? At the end of this year, sign-ups for the SREC solar incentive program end and the new SMART program goes into effect. However, the SMART program will only be…  Read the entire post »

New Solar Incentive Prices in Rhode Island

March 27, 2017

The payments new solar owners get through the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program change on April 1. (Need background on the “REG” program? Click here to read my article explaining the REG and the REF Grant.) Note that prices do not change if you are already enrolled in the program; you continue to…  Read the entire post »

From SREC to SMART: How Massachusetts Solar Incentives are Changing

March 15, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are already in the SREC I or SREC II program, nothing changes. You will continue to earn SRECs for the remainder of your 10-year period. People signing up for SRECs and going solar in the next few months also get 10 years of SRECs. People signing up for solar in 2018…  Read the entire post »

1,000 by ’20 in Rhode Island — Here Comes the Clean Energy Economy

March 3, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a goal of increasing the state’s clean energy capacity by 10 times by the end of 2020. That’s a very impressive and ambitious goal, and we commend her for the commitment to the environment and to the economic growth that comes with a flourishing renewable energy industry. The Governor’s…  Read the entire post »

N.E. Clean Energy Installs its 5th System at Non-Profit Nature’s Classroom

March 1, 2017

This post has two parts: The feel-good main story, and a tough but true statement on how Massachusetts solar policy is stifling commercial solar development, which I’ve restricted to the inset box. On to the fun stuff. You’ve heard the saying “practice what you preach.” At Nature’s Classroom, they practice what they teach. If you’re…  Read the entire post »

Mass Solar Loan Funds Almost Gone

February 7, 2017

So long, Mass Solar Loan. It was fun while it lasted. This state-sponsored program, which makes solar accessible to more Massachusetts homeowners, including those with low credit scores and low income levels, has been hugely successful. So successful, in fact, that more than 70% of the available funds* had been used as of January 19,…  Read the entire post »

It’s Settled: Solar Does Not Harm Non-Solar Owners

February 2, 2017

Solar is under fire from many utilities and many special interest groups linked — visibly or not-so-visibly — to utilities. The most effective bit of propaganda in their arsenal is the mistruth (can we say “lie”?) that electricity ratepayers without solar subsidize those ratepayers with solar. They often paint those without solar as poor and…  Read the entire post »

Comparing Rhode Island Solar Incentives

September 6, 2016

Homeowners installing a solar electric system in Rhode Island have two pretty amazing choices when it comes to picking a state program to defray the cost. Fondly known as “REF” and “REG”, they can be a tad confusing. Here’s an explanation of how each works, and a comparison of the two. REF  (Renewable Energy Fund)…  Read the entire post »