Achieving a Balance Between Natural Resource Protection and Solar Energy Development

On April 15, the MA Department of Energy Resources released its update and emergency regulations to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART). The Department is accepting comments on the proposed SMART regulations update through June 1.

Add Your Comments Before June 1

AMC is encouraged by the state’s inclusion of land-use siting guidelines that will prohibit solar energy development where at least 50 percent of the parcel’s land area is designated as Priority Habitat, Core Habitat, or Critical Natural Landscape. We would also like to see the “Greenfield Subtractor,” which is the financial disincentive to build on forests and other open space, increased to five times its current level in order to further discourage development on such greenfields.