Solar advocates and nonprofit organizations have voiced their concern about the Baker administration’s new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The advocates acknowledge the positive move by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to create a good program. But, according to them, in its current state the program doesn’t offer solar savings to most affordable housing projects.
According to Mark Sandeen, co-founder and president of MassSolar, “We are concerned that the SMART program as currently proposed, may impose administrative hurdles and set compensation rates so low that continued development of low-income solar will become impossible.”
“SMART could be a positive development for solar, but without a program that expands sharing and offers a fair compensation for solar production, many in our communities, especially the low income tenants we serve, will be left behind by the solar revolution,” according to said Gail Latimore, Executive Director of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Dorchester.