New Englanders are facing high energy costs and energy insecurity, which will result in painful winter seasons. While developing offshore wind and hydropower is essential to address these issues, it will take years to develop, so expanding distributed solar programs is necessary. Community-scale solar and storage facilities can keep the grid running through extreme weather events, and solar power is still valuable in the winter. Community solar projects can help reduce electricity costs for low-income and rural communities. State policymakers have an opportunity to expand their existing solar programs while incorporating more ambitious equity requirements and advancing energy justice through tax credits and competitive grants. The need for action is urgent.
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