Massachusetts was an early adopter of solar energy, a face which is evident when it comes to how much solar power the state is able to generate. Massachusetts is a national leader in solar power, ranking 8th in the nation. Solar power is responsible for over 18% of the state’s total electricity generated each year. Residential and commercial solar programs have contributed significantly to the state’s success, as has the adoption of community solar over the past five years. Keep reading to learn more about solar power in Massachusetts and how you can save money by installing solar panels on your home.
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Massachusetts, home to almost half of New England’s residents, is one of the most densely populated states in the nation. Most of the state’s population resides in the eastern half of the state, particularly around Boston on the Atlantic coast. Massachusetts has no fossil fuel reserves, but the state’s energy policies encourage renewable energy development, especially from solar and wind energy.
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.
The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Massachusetts
Between 2017 and 2019, Massachusetts experienced two severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.
Massachusetts is vulnerable to increasing temperatures, floods and droughts, and coastal flooding. Massachusetts’s climate has already warmed by more than two degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Increasing temperatures are causing spring to arrive earlier, bringing more precipitation and more frequent storms as well as drier and hotter summers. Rising sea levels threaten the stability of housing and infrastructure projects, as well as increasing the likelihood for flooding which can harm ecosystems, disrupt farming, and pose an increasing risk to human health.
We’re working towards a New England powered by affordable, homemade energy, with a thriving economy built on innovation and invention… a New England where our communities are healthy and safe and our environment fortified against the impacts of our changing climate. This is the future CLF is fighting to create.