According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in both 2014 and 2015, Massachusetts was ranked as the most energy efficient state, with Boston being named the most efficient city.
With a reputation for efficiency and the growing energy needs of residents, Massachusetts has over 2800 megawatts (MW) of solar installed and a national ranking of 8th in terms of solar growth (holding a rank of 12th in 2019).
Over 15% of Massachusetts’s energy comes from solar, and as both the state’s population grows (and the needs of current residents continues to increase), the need for more solar should be evident.
Trends for Solar Power Growth in Massachusetts
With Massachusetts already leading the way in terms of solar power usage, it is only natural to see that the state is projected to grow even more. The current projection in solar energy growth (by SEIA) is 1,324 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th in the nation).
The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program is a “long-term sustainable solar incentive program that promotes cost-effective solar development.” Created by the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER), SMART allows utilities to pay solar system owners/operators for energy produced, leading to additional development of solar installations throughout the state.
Massachusetts Solar Recycling
The state’s growth in solar panel installations really began to explode in 2012, and then tripled by 2017. Lots of mature solar panels and installations as a whole will create the necessity for responsible decommissioning, solar panel recycling, and disposal solutions.
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Unless otherwise noted, all data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight