Among the barriers: privacy protections that make it hard to site projects that qualify for low-income incentives.
Some builders question whether the standard is the best one for reducing emissions from the state’s buildings.
Critics are concerned that a planned change to Massachusetts’ solar incentive program will disproportionately benefit the western part of the state and make development of projects in low-income neighborhoods even more challenging.
Energy storage has clear benefits, but its impact on greenhouse gas emissions isn’t fully clear.
Supporters of the legislation say it’s unfair to low-income communities to offer smaller payments for community solar.