Massachusetts expands solar programme to 3.2GW

The expansion will see 175MW of projects get the green light following an 18-month wait

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Massachusetts has approved more than 175MW of solar projects on hold for almost two years.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has announced the expansion of its solar installation programme from 1.6GW to 3.2GW, which has led to more than a dozen projects getting the green light.

David Gahl, Senior Director of State Policy for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said: “Today’s order from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will soon allow more than 175MW of solar projects to move forward, ending an 18-month purgatory for new commercial and utility-scale solar projects.

“These solar projects are a key part of the Commonwealth’s plan to reach net zero carbon emissions.

“In the future, the DPU needs to move much faster if we want the Commonwealth to reach its decarbonisation goals by mid-century.”