According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Massachusetts’ burgeoning solar industry is being impeded by the state’s net energy metering (NEM) policies. Net energy metering policy allows businesses and other end-users to get credit for the electricity they generate and send to the grid, meaning that they are only billed for the ‘net’ of energy that they consume. The Massachusetts NEM is ‘capped’ at a certain percentage of a utility’s total distribution load, meaning that school districts, municipal buildings, and small and large businesses that want to adopt solar and take advantage of its benefits are unable to do so once the caps have been met. SEIA analysis indicates that this cap has stalled over $78 million in solar projects across the state, with a total capacity of 51.2 MW — enough to power 5,400 homes.
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