Friday, May 3, 2013

Big Sun: Massachusetts Hits 250 MW Solar Target & Sets New 1,600 MW Goal

Massachusetts is going big on solar. It announced that it had reached its 250 MW goal a full four years early.

Though Massachusetts achieved its 2017 solar goal early, it is not finished. Massachusetts' new solar goal is 1,600 MW by 2020.

The substantial business activity in solar led to a 28% decline in solar prices in 2012 and solar is a major part of Massachusetts clean energy economy that features 5,000 firms and 71,000 jobs.  Massachusetts clean energy jobs grew 11.2% from 2011 to 2012, about a 6-times faster rate than the national job growth rate.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, we have a state government hostile or neglectful to renewable energy and energy efficiency, and that's one reason why Pennsylvania lost 5,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

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