BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Solar power is surging in Massachusetts—today, 100 house lawmakers signed a letter addressed to their own negotiators urging them to help the growing sustainable energy industry.
The letter notes that lawmakers want negotiators to raise net metering caps, which would allow owners of solar panels to feed more power back into the grid and earn credit against electricity they might use that isn’t generated by solar energy.
In the letter, both democrat and republican representatives said that they hope a bill can be put forward “at the earliest opportunity, in order to restore investments in our communities and allow businesses to rehire workers who lost their jobs as a result of the net metering caps”.
Energy has been a hot topic on Beacon Hill this year, with the state pushing away from coal-fired energy plants toward renewable energy sources.
Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders hope to have a major new energy law on the books by summer. Formal legislation is scheduled for the end July.
The letter was signed by the mayors of Agawam, Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Easthampton, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Gardner, Gloucester, Greenfield, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, North Adams, Northampton, Peabody, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Westfield, Weymouth, Woburn and Worcester.