Solar generated electricity is fast becoming a popular alternative energy production method. Many homes lay out solar panels on their roofs to capture the sun’s rays and turn that into clean, affordable energy. But, there’s one state where entire roofs are covered and some fields are home to long rows of obsidian and chrome colored panels. Who is this solar leader? It is none other than the beautiful New England commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In 2012, Massachusetts doubled its solar capacity to 194 megawatts, enough to power 30,000 homes, making it the leader in the solar market. By 2017, The Bay State is expected to generate 250 megawatts of solar energy. All of this comes as a result of solar programs, including Solarize Massachusetts and Commonwealth Solar. Massachusetts legislature requests that utilities get at least 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. As a result, large quantities of solar panel arrays, known as solar farms, are popping up all over the state.
Of course, a major incentive for mainstream acceptance of solar electricity is its affordability. The cost of solar panels has dropped over 60 percent over the past decade. It is worth noting, however, to beware of overly cheap panels, as they may not be as efficient as a pricier model. Even still, the savings garnered from utilizing solar energy will far outweigh the cost per panel.
The progressive thinkers and well organized leadership, coupled with falling panel prices and incredible incentives is giving solar energy a bright future in Massachusetts. Solar energy is a cheap, environmentally friendly, alternative energy source that is gaining popularity all over the country, and it’s proving its attractiveness in Massachusetts. It’s only a matter of time before it is one of the top methods for generating electricity.
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