Grid Study in Massachusetts Slows Down SMART Program

From GTM: “A National Grid transmission study has ensnared nearly 1 gigawatt of distributed solar in Massachusetts, delaying progress on numerous projects as the federal Investment Tax Credit phaseout approaches and causing anxiety in one of the nation’s largest markets.”

Fortunately most of the projects MEI is reviewing are outside the study and all of the projects we are funding this year fall outside the study. This is an informative article, although we would disagree with the fact that NY is setting an excellent example. Perhaps the utilities communicate better and plan interconnection better, however, the SMART incentive plan is superior to New York’s VDER program.