Environmental Massachusetts, a group pushing for clean energy across the state, is continuing its campaign to expand solar power in Massachusetts.

Representatives made a stop Thursday in the Whaling City, visiting the solar field outside New Bedford High School. The group unveiled a new report on the benefits of solar, and also called on state leaders to lift the caps on net metering, and allow solar projects to expand.

While Governor Baker has filed legislation to lift the caps, impact organizer Sharon Solomon says the Governor's bill doesn't go far enough. "His bill would actually put the brakes on solar over the long term," said Solomon. She added, "it would make it harder for many, including renters and residents of low income communities to access the benefits of solar."

Both Mayor Jon Mitchell and Beaumont Solar C-E-O Phil Carvallo voiced support for lifting the cap on net metering. It was Beaumont Solar that constructed the solar field just north of the high school.

Carvallo urged residents to contact their state lawmakers and ask them to vote to lift the cap. Said Carvallo, "don't let the utilities win this one."

Solar panels outside New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips TSM
Solar panels outside New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips TSM


More From WBSM-AM/AM 1420