The solar industry in Massachusetts has been growing by leaps and bounds: we were ranked fourth in the nation for solar installed last year -- beating far sunnier states like Texas and Arizona.
But now, solar is in trouble. There's a cap on the number of large solar installations that can use net metering, which allows solar owners to be paid for the electricity they generate. The cap has already been reached in some parts of the state, and it will be reached in others soon -- threatening the continued development of the Massachusetts solar industry.
Utilities like National Grid and Eversource know that solar threatens their old-fashioned business model, and they're fighting to keep the net metering cap in place. These are the same utility companies that broke their contracts with Cape Wind and are now advocating for new fracked gas pipelines. We need to fight back!
We're joining forces with solar advocates across Massachusetts and calling our legislators to eliminate the net metering cap. Join us!
Here's how to participate:
2) Ask your State Senator and Representative to support legislation that would lift the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours. I'm calling to urge you to raise the caps on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. Will you support raising the net metering caps?
Note that the following key legislators particularly need to hear from their constituents on this issue: Representative Thomas Golden, Representative Paul Brodeur, Representative Brian Dempsey, Representative Ted Speliotis, Representative Tackey Chan, Representative Thomas Petrolati and Speaker DeLeo.