Image: Pixabay Data released today for the first half of 2018 shows solar representing more than 10% of in-state electricity generation in a fifth state, as further evidence that the energy transition is underway. The August 2018 edition of Electric Power Monthly , a publication by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows electricity generation from solar in Massachusetts growing 34% year-over-year to 1.64 terawatt-hours (TWh) in the first six months of 2018 and representing 12% of the state’s total generation. There is an irony to this development, given that Massachusetts is still waiting on the final form of the SMART solar incentive policy , and that commercial, industrial and large-scale solar markets are all on hold in some parts of the state due to caps on net metering . Massachusetts joins four other states where solar represented more than 10% of electricity generation: California, Hawaii, Nevada and Vermont, as the second state in New England to achieve this status. Solar generation increased 24% year-over-year in Vermont and also represents 12% of generation. In New England, the new high levels of rooftop solar generation caused net daytime power demand to sometimes fall below evening demand this […]


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