The Future of SREC, June 21, 8:30-10 am, Boston

  • 21 June 2017
  • Start time : 08:30 AM
  • End time : 10:00 AM
  • Event Host : USGBC MA
  • Event Location : CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, Boston, MA, 02109, United States
The Future of SREC, June 21, 8:30-10 am, Boston
Event Description

Massachusetts is in the third cycle of solar incentive development. What we have known as the SREC program is developing into a block incentive program with a flat rate incentive, named SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target).
The switch is expected to cut the annual cost of solar installations to electricity ratepayers in half, from $400 million to $500 million under previous versions of the program to $200 million to $250 million under the new program.
State energy officials say the new structure will also provide more certainty to the market by ensuring that developers know how much of an incentive they will get for their projects over a 10- or 20-year time frame, depending on the type of project.
Breakfast and coffee will be provided.
"It provides a tremendous reduction in cost to every ratepayer but provides more financial stability that the program has lacked in the past," said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton.
The switch was prompted by a solar energy bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law in April 2016, directing the Department of Energy Resources to develop a new version of the solar incentive program. Utilities had said the old program was too generous to solar developers and resulted in unnecessarily high costs to ratepayers. The solar industry had stressed the importance of helping an industry that is expanding in Massachusetts, creating jobs and generating renewable energy.
There has been a release of the final program design but there are still many questions to be answered. There is a presentation on what has been released on the incentive program and engage with the group conversation directly following.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • USGBC MA
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Haley Belofsky, Solar Design Consultant
  • Event type
    • Conference/Expo

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