Since the inauguration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007, the state has installed 29.8 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity, ranking it behind only California and New Jersey when it comes to states with the most installed solar capacity. With such an increase in solar capacity during his first term, it would have been easy for the state's governor, Deval Patrick, to call it a job well done, satisfied for at least a few years with the state's progress.
The brand-new Massachusetts program designed to encourage commercial solar development in the state is officially closed to new applicants for the first block of funding. How long did it take for the $4 million Block 1 to sell out? Well, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center opened up to solicitations for the first block of funding at 2:00pm today; and the email to Massachusetts Solar Stakeholders announcing that sufficient applications had been received went out at 5:38pm today. So I guess I exaggerated above--it took over three and a half hours to sell out.
Beginning in late January, Massachusetts will once again be accepting applications for the Commonwealth Solar Rebate Program. The press release from Governor Deval Patrick's office laid out the next phase for solar in the state: