Lobby at the Statehouse Tuesday, April 7
10am to 2pm
An Act Relative to Net Metering, Community Shared Solar and Energy Storage
Solar energy has had great success in the Commonwealth, but it needs to grow exponentially to wean us from a fossil-fuel future. Right now, the utility companies are acting to slow down the acceptance of solar into the electric grid; and some of Massachusetts’ most important solar incentive programs are under attack.
April 7 is our day to visit our state legislators and representatives at the Statehouse to support a new bill that will strongly protect solar and keep it growing in the state.
The organizers hope to have at least 5 citizens per legislative district, so they are asking us to sign up in advance if possible at http://tinyurl.com/StandUpForSolar.
Our day will begin with a “how to lobby”/talking points briefing in Gardner Auditorium. Then it is off to visit our state senators’ and representatives’ offices.
The bill has 35 co-sponsors! In some cases we will be thanking our representatives, supporting their positions, urging them not to let the bill get watered down by opposing interests as it makes its way through the legislative process.
Here are 2 great briefing sheets on the bill provisions. Click on the links to get to .PDF files:
Solar Is Working Briefing Sheet
An Act relative to Net Metering: Community Shared Solar and Energy Storage SD-1616 and HD-2297 Briefing Sheet
If you can’t make it to the Lobby Day, please write or call your state rep and senator in support of SD-1616 and
We need citizens from every legislative district, so PLEASE circulate this announcement to your friends and climate-action colleagues around the state!
Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein of Environment Massachusetts: firstname.lastname@example.org.