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The solar program in Massachusetts has been so successful that the governor has announced a bold new goal.

On June 7, 2013, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will hold a stakeholder meeting to present its proposed policy for the post-400 MW Solar Carve-Out program in Massachusetts. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Gardner Auditorium in the State House.

The policy design changes follow Governor Deval Patrick’s announcement of the state’s ambitious new solar goal of 1600 MW installed by 2020.

The current Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Solar Carve-Out program has been highly successful in growing solar development throughout the Commonwealth. The program stimulated enough growth to meet the governor’s goal of 250 MW of solar installed by 2017—four years early. The program’s success has prompted the continuation and expansion of the RPS Solar Carve-Out that will be outlined at the June 7 stakeholder meeting.

In recent months, DOER has received a surge of Statement of Qualification Applications (SQA) for the current Solar Carve-Out programs, with over 550 MW of applications either qualified or under review, of which more than 400 MW of SQAs are at least administratively complete. Until June 7, DOER will review applications and allow applicants two weeks to correct any deficiencies before rejecting an application. Starting on June 7, SQAs will be reviewed under the revised regulation.

The DOER has posted the presentation from a stakeholder meeting on March 22, 2013; it will guide stakeholder discussion.

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