Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 16, 2015
Showing big gains in all solar sectors, Massachusetts had the fourth most new solar capacity added last year in the nation, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, but finished No. 1 for the first time among Northeast states.
In 2014, Massachusetts added 308 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity, bringing its total to 751 MW. Thats enough clean, affordable energy to power more than 120,000 homes. The report went on to point out that Massachusetts biggest solar gains came in commercial installations, but residential installations set a new record, too. Of the new capacity added, 224 MW were commercial, 64 MW were residential and 20 MW were utility scale. Together, these installations represented a $ 791 million investment across Massachusetts.
To put the states remarkable progress in some context, the 751 MW of solar installed today in Massachusetts is more than our entire country had installed by 2007. Thats an amazing achievement, said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Massachusetts also added more than 3,000 new solar jobs last year an impressive 46 percent increase over 2013 and we expect this strong growth to continue. We look forward to working with Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration on ways to develop a long-term framework for solar, which will help to keep the states tremendous momentum moving forward.
Today, there are 368 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Massachusetts, employing nearly 9,500 people. Massachusetts notable solar projects include: