Last week represented a major push in the effort to keep solar working for Massachusetts! 350 Mass joined Environment Massachusetts, Clean Water Action, and other groups outside the State House for a rally and lobby day in favor of raising the caps on net metering. Net metering is a crucial program that allows solar owners to be paid for the power they generate, but there's a cap on the number of projects that can participate. The cap has been hit in 171 communities across the state, bringing our solar progress to a screeching halt. In addition to rallying, we helped flood Speaker DeLeo's office with phone calls asking him to raise the cap. Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned for their summer recess without taking action. We'll keep building power over the next few weeks, and we'll be back in September stronger than ever and ready to keep fighting for solar!
More than 250 people gathered yesterday for a worship service, rally and march to oppose Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline! We chanted, sang, and walked together to the Dedham-Boston city line, where we formed a human chain to symbolize our united resistance to the pipeline. Many groups came together to make this event a reality, including Resist the Pipeline, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Dedham Safety Over Profits, West Roxbury Saves Energy, the 350 Mass Boston node, and others! Spectra has started construction on the pipeline, but with local residents and officials still standing strong, there's no way the company will be able to finish the project without a fight. Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook and read more about the action in the Boston Globe, and stay tuned for more updates on the campaign to #StopSpectra!
On Thursday, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed S.1973, a climate adaptation bill that includes an amendment addressing solar power. The amendment would largely eliminate the state's caps on net metering, making it easier for solar owners all over the state to be paid for the power they generate. Although the amendment isn't perfect, it's a big step in the right direction. Now, it's up to the House to act!
Please call your state representative today and ask them to support raising the net metering cap!
2) Ask your State Representative to support raising the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours and a member of 350 Massachusetts. I'm calling to urge you to support raising the cap on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. A Boston clean energy firm has estimated that between 10 and 20 solar jobs are lost per day as long as the cap remains in place. Millions of dollars of investments are leaving our state, and low-income solar projects are blocked in 170+ communities. This is unacceptable. Please support raising the net metering caps today.
If your legislator is already supportive of raising the net metering cap, you should thank them for their position and ask them to reach out to their colleagues on this issue. For a list of legislators who have already co-sponsored net metering legislation this session, click here.
If your legislator is interested in learning more, you can refer them to the Next Generation Solar Policy Framework, which lays out a comprehensive policy framework for promoting solar power in Massachusetts.