The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar have come together to form a coalition that will work with Massachusetts government and other key players in order to further advance the state’s PV market.
The group, known as the Mass Solar Coalition, will collaborate with stakeholders to help add more PV programs and policies to “The Bay State.” NECEC, SEBANE, SEIA and Vote Solar will be the co-coordinators of the coalition.
As part of the coalition’s goals, the group announced that it is planning on working with the Net Metering and Solar Task Force in order to generate a set of recommendations for Massachusetts that revolve around cultivating a healthy solar sector in the state.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, said: “Solar energy is already paying big dividends for Massachusetts with hundreds of solar companies located across the state, employing more than 12,000 people. Today, Massachusetts has more than 580 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity, ranking it 5th in the nation. But we’re just scratching the surface of the state’s enormous potential. We look forward to working with Governor-elect Baker, the legislature and other stakeholders on ways to create new jobs, enhance the state’s economy and protect the environment through increased solar development.”
Peter Rothstein, president of NECEC, said: “Solar development has seen tremendous growth in Massachusetts in recent years due in large part to nation-leading policies such as the SREC program and net metering, which have been instrumental in homegrown growth and to attracting new developers and investors that have brought projects, jobs and customer savings to the state. We look forward to working with the Net Metering and Solar Task Force and stakeholders from a variety of communities to ensure that growth continues.”
Other members of the Mass Solar Coalition include Amaresco, Borrego Solar, Heartwood Group, Boston Community Capital, PV Squared, SunEdison and Sustainable Strategies 2050, among others.