Renewable Energy Advocates Offer Support of Solar Energy Bill Calling it a Short-Term Fix
Advocates of renewable energy are offering a somewhat tepid support to a concessional solar energy bill which could head to Republican Governor Charlie Baker's office.
They call it a short-term fix. The bill will raise the caps on Massachusetts net metering program that permits solar developers, municipal governments as well as homeowners to sell surplus power back to the electrical grid which they generate, in exchange for credit.
For years the solar power activists as well as municipal officials have been seeking a raise in the caps. The caps that exist at present have been reached in most of the state and certain number of bigger solar projects has been delayed.
On Wednesday, Environmental League of Massachusetts President George Bachrach said that the group is pushing for approval of the bill by the law makers just for one reason and that is, it would raise the caps.
However, he added that the remaining of the bill does not meet expectations. According to him, the state will most probably hit the new caps by the end of this year and is likely to raise them again. He said, "The marketplace requires stability and certainty, which this limited cap increase does not provide."
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