Massachusetts Officially Green-Lights SMART Solar Initiative – Solar Industry
“Massachusetts is a national leader in solar energy with over 2,200 MW of solar installed across all 351 cities and towns of the commonwealth, and the SMART program will allow Massachusetts to expand its leadership by significantly increasing solar capacity while lowering costs for ratepayers,” says Baker. “In addition to the benefits to ratepayers and the commonwealth’s energy portfolio, the SMART program will be the first in the nation to offer incentives to solar projects that are paired with storage to capture the benefits of solar regardless of time of day or weather conditions.”
The SMART program, issued through DOER regulations in August 2017, provides compensation for all new solar projects under 5 MW in size in an investor-owned utility’s service territory. The program differentiates specific compensation in terms of size and type of solar installations and, for the first time in the country, according to the DPU, provides a specific incentive to pair new solar projects with storage.