Net metering is one of the most simple and effective ways to ensure the fair and equitable adoption of solar in Massachusetts. SEBANE continues to work towards eliminating the net metering caps altogether; short of that, we would like to see the caps raised by at least 5% to ensure that behind-the-meter systems are not unfairly penalized under the new SMART incentive program. We also want to ensure that community solar and low-income residents have access to net metering credits, so that all ratepayers can enjoy the benefits of solar. For more information on net metering, SEBANE members can access our policy summaries and helpful link library.
SEBANE has been an integral part of SMART development proceedings alongside many other clean-energy stakeholders and coalition partners. We work closely with our solar coalition partners to ensure that businesses and consumers in the Commonwealth can benefit economically from solar, and that the State remains a national leader in clean energy production and employment. Through our participation in SMART working groups, meetings with legislators, policy and regulatory makers, and regular member communications including webinars and seminars, we are working to minimize disruption to the solar market during the SMART program transition. For more information on SMART, SEBANE members can access our policy summaries and helpful link library.
SEBANE advocates for the reduction of costs and timelines associated with utility interconnection that place an undue burden on solar projects across the state. These include the escalating cost of system impact studies and system modification fees, the amount of time required for a project to obtain interconnection approval, and the amount of time required for the utility to complete system modifications following such approval. We will continue to update and advocate on behalf of our members in strengthening grid resiliency and permitting efficiency. For more information on interconnection, SEBANE members can access our policy summaries and helpful link library.
MA RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD (RPS)
Our clean energy economy relies on an aggressive RPS. By prioritizing the renewable energy industry when thinking about the future of energy in Massachusetts, we can effectively lead the charge towards progress on our climate change and pollution reduction goals. SEBANE supports raising the RPS to 3% per year and will continue to pursue this pathway in a legislative strategy with its coalition partners. For more information on the RPS, SEBANE members can access our policy summaries and helpful link library.
SEBANE stands strongly with its clean energy allies against any policy which unfairly targets consumers who choose solar as their source of energy. We hold that ratepayers deserve transparency and consumer protections, as well as economically viable incentives to switch to renewable energy. Any rate changes should make sense with SMART program requirements, as well as be understandable to both consumers and companies that provide solar services. For more information on MMRCs, SEBANE members can access our policy summaries and helpful link library.
SEBANE’s policy committee seeks to advance regulations and legislation that supports the growth of the solar industry in Massachusetts. Specifically, we strive to:
Guide the new SMART program into an economically viable incentive framework for residential and commercial solar projects.
Educate legislators and officials regarding solar energy, the jobs created by solar, and the value of solar to the grid, to ratepayers, and to the Commonwealth as a whole.
Gain the support of key players on Beacon Hill around key legislation.
Keep our membership informed and educated regarding policy issues.