Senator Dan Wolf
Massachusetts Cape & Islands District
Legislature Passes Solar Energy Bill, Lifts Net Metering Cap

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature today passed legislation that raises the solar net-metering cap and creates a long-term roadmap for the continued growth of solar power in the Commonwealth. These updates will provide a stable framework that will better protect the Commonwealth’s ratepayers while supporting the growth of the solar industry in a cost-effective manner.

The legislation raises the net metering cap by a total of 6 percent - 3 percent for private facilities and 3 percent for public facilities – which will allow solar projects currently in the development pipeline to move forward.

 “Our climate is changing and we must work towards an energy future that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels while promoting the use of clean energy alternatives,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “I am pleased we have found a path forward which ensures we will remain a leader in green energy and continue building a sustainable future for our Commonwealth.”

"This compromise will keep solar growing as part of our overall efforts to combat climate change," said Senator Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield), Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.

“Above all, this conference committee bill will continue to deploy solar throughout our state,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. “We will improve upon this conference bill in the energy legislation that we hope to bring forth later this year. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Solar is vital for our clean energy economy, diverse energy mix and healthy environment.”