Okay, it’s technically a commonwealth, but Massachusetts is seriously pushing the envelope on solar growth. In 2012, The Bay State more than doubled its solar capacity to 194 megawatts — enough to power 30,000 homes. At this rate, Massachusetts will easily blow the doors off its goal to generate 250 megawatts of solar by 2017.
So what’s driving this incredible progress? There are actually a number of encouraging factors:
- The Massachusetts legislature has set the bar on state-sponsored clean energy incentives, including:
- Requesting utilities to get 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.
- The formation of programs such as Solarize Massachusetts — which brings home and business owners competitively-priced solar electricity through a community purchasing model that offers more savings as more people go solar. There’s also Commonwealth Solar, which provides rebates for PV installations.
- A number of solar farms propagating across the state - see this graphic
- The falling price of solar panels — over 60% in the last decade — has also incentivized mainstream adoption (Note: just be careful of the really cheap stuff)
So there you have it — forward-thinking, well-organized leadership with falling panel prices and hard-to-pass-up incentives. It’s no wonder we’re seeing the RevoluSunary spirit in Massachusetts (not to mention our two offices in Newton and Burlington)!
We here at RevoluSun are really excited to be part of this pro-solar climate and hope to see — not to mention actively encourage — the solar revolution across all US states in the near future.
Are you in with us?