Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, has raised the US state’s PV target to 1.6GW by 2020 after he revealed it had hit the 250MW milestone four years early.
In 2007 the governor announced a state target to install 250MW of solar capacity by 2017. However, in 2012, the state installed 100MW of new PV capacity helping the state to reach the 250MW milestone four years early. It also became the sixth largest solar market in the US.
Building on this momentum, the governor has increased its PV target to reach 1.6GW by 2020.
In February the US Solar Energy Industries Association requested Massachusetts establish a more aggressive solar programme to bring it up to the same level as other north-eastern US states.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources had filed draft revised regulations to its current solar carve-out programme, including an adjustment to the compliance obligation formula effective for 2013 and to prepare a “queuing” system for projects seeking qualification as Massachusetts approaches the 400MW capacity cap.
Massachusetts is currently within a year to 18 months of reaching its 400MW target under the existing solar programme.
Commenting on the programme, governor Patrick said: “I have directed Secretary Sullivan and his team to take a fresh look at the incentives that have successfully grown the solar industry in Massachusetts, and expand our solar carve-out programme to ensure certainty for the financing world, affordability for consumers and stability for the market.”