In celebration of the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, we would like to update you on the Commonwealth's exciting growth in solar photovoltaics (PV) through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's (MassCEC) Solar Update. MassCEC provides these updates on a quarterly basis to keep you informed of the progress the state is making in solar energy development.
Due in large part to MassCEC's Commonwealth Solar Rebate Program, the number of megawatts (MW) of solar power installed in the Commonwealth has increased more than twenty-fold since Governor Patrick took office, from 3.55 MW installed in 2007 to 85 installed or in process to date.
In the first quarter of 2011 MassCEC provided more than $4.4 million in rebates to install 197 PV systems that will generate over 2.7 MW of renewable energy. These projects were installed in the towns of Acton, Acushnet, Agawam, Amherst, Arlington, Ashfield, Ashland, Athol, Attleboro, Barnstable, Bellingham, Berlin, Bernardston, Beverly, Blackstone, Boston, Bourne, Brockton, Brookline, Carver, Charlton, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chesterfield, Chilmark, Colrain, Conway, Dalton, Dartmouth, Deerfield, Dennis, Dracut, Duxbury, Easthampton, Edgartown, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Framingham, Franklin, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Hanover, Hanson, Harvard, Harwich, Holbrook, Hopkinton, Lancaster, Lanesboro, Lenox, Lincoln, Lowell, Ludlow, Marion, Marlborough, Mashpee, Mattapoisett, Maynard, Medford, Mendon, Methuen, Monson, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newbury, Newton, North Andover, Northampton, Northbridge, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Orleans, Petersham, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Revere, Rochester, Rockland, Rockport, Rutland, Sandwich, Scituate, Sheffield, Sutton, Taunton, Tisbury, Waltham, Wareham, Warwick, Watertown, Wellfleet, West Newbury, West Newton, Westminster, Westport, Westwood, Weymouth, Williamsburg, Winchendon, Winchester, Worcester, and Wrentham.
To date there are nearly 46.6 MW of solar up and running from the Berkshires to the tip of Cape Cod. These projects increase the amount of clean, renewable energy in the Commonwealth and create jobs across the state.
Click the map of renewable energy installations below to see a time-lapse animation of solar growth in Massachusetts (Click Begin to Play).
Thank you for your support of solar power in Massachusetts!