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Mass DOER Establishes Regulatory Construct for Achieving 1,600 MW of Distributed Solar PV in the State by 2020

In January 2008, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) carved-out a portion of the Massachusetts RPS Class-I Renewable Energy requirement to support distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facilities, as provided for by the Green Communities Act. This solar carve-out, called the SREC-I program, set forth rules to achieve 400 MW of solar generation in the state by 2017 and this goal was met early (in May 2013). As a result of achieving this early target, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick tasked the DOER with initiating a new rulemaking in January 2014 for the SREC-II program, which establishes a regulatory construct for achieving 1,600 MW of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) fromenergy facilities in the state by 2020—a much more aggressive target.

This rulemaking, which is expected to be finalized and go into effect later this month (anticipated effective date: April 25, 2014), establishes a new compliance obligation for local electric distribution companies and retail electricity suppliers alike, which will result in higher renewable portfolio standard (RPS) costs to meet the solar energy requirement in Massachusetts.

Click here to read more and download a printable informational sheet on the SREC-II program and what it means to businesses in the state of Massachusetts.


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