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Environment Massachusetts testifies for solar neighborhoods

Johanna Neumann, acting director of Environment Massachusetts's submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in support of An Act establishing solar neighborhoods.

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On Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Johanna Neumann, Acting Director of Environment Massachusetts submitted testimony in support of  S. 2120 | H.3677: An Act increasing solar rooftop energy/An Act establishing solar neighborhoods.

If enacted, rooftop solar panels would be installed on new buildings at the time of construction, including for single-family homes, apartment buildings, and commercial buildings. For single-family homes, the solar energy system must produce enough electricity on an annual basis to meet 80% of the average demand for similar houses. Common-sense exemptions for shaded roofs and other criteria are taken into consideration with the bill. 

The best time to put solar panels on a building is when workers are already on the roof,” wrote Neumann. “The Solar Neighborhoods Act will ensure that new homes and commercial buildings are built with solar roofs.”

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A million solar roofs for Massachusetts

If we correct course and institute more pro-solar policies, by 2030 Massachusetts can install 10 gigawatts of solar capacity, the equivalent of 1 million solar roofs.

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