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Municipalities interested in solar have multiple options for pursuing it, including direct ownership, community shared solar, or a power purchase agreement (PPA). Each approach to solar has different potential risks and benefits. A solar PPA may be a good option if access to up-front capital to purchase a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is an issue.With a solar energy management services (EMS) contract, Massachusetts municipalities may lease public space, such as a school roof or capped landfill... Read more
With a commercial food waste ban going into effect in Massachusetts in October 2014, businesses and institutions are considering alternatives to disposing of organic waste in the trash. Anaerobic digestion is one such alternative. Similar to composting, but in an environment devoid of oxygen, anaerobic digestion produces byproducts such as methane (which can fuel the generation of heat or electricity) and liquid or solid digestate (which can be used as fertilizer, soil amendment, and more).... Read more
The goal of this guide is to equip municipal permitting and zoning offices with best practices to facilitate and encourage the development of solar photovoltaic systems in the Commonwealth. Municipalities can implement the practices that make the most sense for their structure and capacity. Ultimately, regional consistency in PV permitting and zoning regulations will reduce the time and costs associated with solar and attract more highly skilled developers to all parts... Read more