Thursday, June 19, 2014

Harvard Solar Garden Bill Advances out of Revenue Committee

This is a good example of how we can establish rules so that shared offsite solar is treated the same way as onsite solar for tax and incentive purposes.
- Joy
BOSTON— Legislation that would help establish a shared community solar garden in the town of Harvard sponsored by Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) received a favorable report from the Joint Committee on Revenue on Thursday, June 12th. S.2138, An Act relative to community shared solar energy systems in the town of Harvard, would allow residents participating in the Harvard community solar garden to rely upon the same solar tax benefits as residents who installed solar panels on their homes.
“I was happy to file this home rule petition, passed at Town Meeting, and am pleased that the Joint Committee on Revenue acted so quickly in reporting the bill out favorably,” said Senator Eldridge. “I have great affection for the persistence of the founding members of the Harvard Community Solar Garden, and their commitment to ensuring that more residents can choose to power their homes with solar power, and not fossil fuels.”

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