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Lexington Goes Green

Inspiration for acting on climate change starts with our local communities.  We are proud to represent the Town Lexington, which over the past decade has taken significant steps to become…

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Appellate Tax Board Expands Solar Panel Tax Exemption

In a case that greatly expands the Massachusetts solar- and wind-power tax exemption, the Appellate Tax Board ruled that the exemption covers commercial use. The case is KTT, LLC v….

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Emergency SREC Regulation Takes Effect, as DOER Begins Work on New Solar Incentive Program

To alleviate the backlog of solar projects that have recently submitted SREC II applications in excess of the program’s cap – as well as to address larger “market uncertainty” –…

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New Law Raises Massachusetts Net Metering Caps – Updated

The recently enacted H.4173 raises net metering caps by 3%, while reducing compensation for large private solar projects – a blow, said the solar industry, which nonetheless urged passage. Public installations will continue to receive…

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Board Expands Property Tax Exemption for Solar Panels

An owner may claim a tax exemption for solar power systems that generate net metering credits used to offset the electric bills of other properties he owns, according to a…

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Net Metering Caps Lifted in Unsatisfactory, Stopgap Solar Energy Bill

Solar energy developers – and municipalities with solar projects – have cause for celebration at the end of Massachusetts’ 2014 legislative session: net metering caps have increased. Lawmakers set the…

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The Future of Net Metering: Stakeholders Mistrust  “Compromise” Bill

If Massachusetts is to reach its renewable energy goal of 1600 MW of solar energy capacity by 2020, the Legislature must sooner or later address the future of net metering,…

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SREC II Update: Distributed Generation Favored, but Net Metering Challenges Could Slow Solar

Massachusetts continues to favor small-scale production of renewable electricity through geographically dispersed projects (“distributed generation”), according to the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) final revisions to the Renewable Energy Portfolio…

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Massachusetts DOER Floats Simpler Concepts for New Solar Incentive Program

In response to criticism that its proposed restructure of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Solar Carve-Out program was too complicated, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has unveiled…

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Solar Victories: New regulations for the unexpectedly successful program

Add solar energy deployment to the list of topics that can pack an auditorium.  At the Solar Policy Stakeholder Meeting on June 7, Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department…

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