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Massachusetts Doubling Size of Solar Program

The state of Massachusetts has been continuing to reduce the amount of fossil fuels emitted. This summer, the commonwealth is implementing a “Clean Peak Standard” program, which is meant for renewable electricity generation resources arrive at the right time on the grid. Now, Massachusetts is doubling the size of its SMART(Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program.

Modifications to the SMART Program

The emergency regulation changes include:

  • The target has been doubled from 1,600 MW to 3,200 MW of new solar generation capacity
  • Energy Storage Systems are now required to be co-located with solar projects over 500 kW in size, with some exceptions
  • Stakeholders and proponents need to review the categories of land use
  • There are limitations to certain areas of land under Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape when it comes to solar energy use
  • Changes to Low Income Eligible Areas
  • The expansion of Public Entity Projects
  • See Pope Energy’s Comment letter to regulators about how to improve the land use restrictions currently in place.

There are much more updates and changes. Massachusetts continues to set the standard for renewable energy projects. One of the leaders in the nation for solar, Massachusetts has over 100,000 projects and 2,500 megawatts installed all over the state.

COVID-19 and Solar Energy

Even in the middle of the pandemic crisis, the doubling of the SMART program will stabilize the solar industry in the Massachusetts economy. Providing job and career opportunities, as well as meeting clean energy goals will improve the economy and environment.

Pope Energy provides large-scale photovoltaic solar projects in New England for landowners, real estate owners, commercial building owners, and farmers.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today to be a part of an amazing investment in solar energy.

Solar energy on your farm

Is it Possible to Run My Farm on Solar Energy?

Many farmers around the country are constantly pondering the idea of investing in solar energy to run their farmland. There are many factors that can affect farming in a negative way. Pandemics, natural disasters, economic recessions, and other negative events can result in nightmares for the agriculture industry across the country. One way to help save farms on energy bills and the cost of running a farm is to invest in renewable energy like solar.

How is COVID-19 Affecting Farming?

The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced restaurants, coffee shops, and other markets to close, which has led to fresh food demand to drop. Farms have been left with stockpiles of fresh food they can’t supply to restaurants and other places serving fresh food. This impacts farmers because they make their living on supplying the fresh food to those who need it. The federal government will have to step in to help farms and ranches supply that food to people in need of it.

Why Should Farms Invest in Solar Energy?

Solar energy systems are low maintenance, and the energy would be free once the initial cost of the investment is recovered. For farmers, their longevity is the most important, and that is why a solar energy system investment can benefit farms in the long run. Traditional energy like kerosene, diesel, and propane have caused problems such as the cost of transportation, spillage, fumes, and high maintenance costs.

By utilizing solar energy in agriculture, these farmers will be able to reduce their fossil fuel emissions and environmental hazards. If a farm has a solar energy system with energy storage, they will have the opportunity to obtain a surplus of energy, which then they can give back to the grid supplying them with another source of income in times of need. Another significant reason for agriculture to invest in renewable energy is because it is the future of energy. If farms want to last, their best bet is to go solar.

When Should Farmers Invest?

Investing in a large-scale solar photovoltaic project sooner, rather than later is highly beneficial. At this point, fossil fuels continue to rise and solar has dropped almost 80% in the last several years. Solar energy is the best alternative in favor of energy independence. As utility rates rise, a farmer’s investment will become even more valuable. Energy bills will decrease significantly, and when a tough obstacle appears, your solar energy system will take the weight off your shoulders.

The Benefits:

  •  Long-term energy savings that grow
  • Energy Independence
  • Another form of revenue for your farm and livelihood
  • Fuel your farm and home
  • Lease your land for solar development with no outlay of money required.

So, what should I expect solar energy to help farmers with?

Solar energy has the capability to supply your farm with energy to run motor, water pumping for irrigation in fields, for livestock, and pond management. For your building needs, solar energy can supply energy for lighting, ventilation, heating, air cooling, and much more. Anything that requires energy to be used has the possibility to be run on your solar energy system if you play your cars right.

Environmental Benefits for Farms:

  •  Solar energy decreases fossil fuel emissions in the atmosphere
  • Solar produces clean energy
  • Air quality improves and pollution decreases

Pope Energy Provides Solar Energy Projects

At Pope Energy, we specialize in the development of large-scale solar projects for land owners including farmers. With our solar development team, we have the capability to guide through every detail of the project with installation, development, production, and repair and maintenance.

If you’re a farmer, and you need help on energy savings and supply, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363. Your investment in solar energy can help save your livelihood of farming!

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Invest in Solar Energy Now to Have a Better Future

It’s not question that the solar industry is on the rise. Some say it’s rapidly pounding on the door of the oil and gas industries to change their outlook. Many oil and gas companies are making the conscious adjustment over to solar energy not only because of the low prices, but also because of the social pressure from the entire world.

With COVID-19 ravaging the world and the healthcare systems, businesses all over the globe are taking some sort of hit, whether that is financial, health, or employment related. The goal to have 100% renewable energy is still looking up, but it may have some slow-downs due to overcoming the political and regulatory status quo, trade tariffs and the Coronavirus crisis.

Investing in Solar will Only Help Your Future

At Pope Energy, we believe solar is inevitable, and that is why we are working with landowners, commercial businesses, real estate owners, farmers, etc. to develop large-scale solar photovoltaic projects to help them utilize renewable energy, save on energy bills, and do their part in eliminating the carbon footprint.

There is a growing demand for companies to incorporate green energy as soon as possible due to the social and economic pressure from around the globe. We are visualizing the future of our energy with only renewables, which means companies eventually will have to make the switch if they want to stay relevant and be successful. So, why not now?

An article written in Solar Magazine states “Oil and gas companies paid a high price to obtain leases to drill on land to extract oil and gas. As prices fluctuate, the leases have put the companies in debit.”

As an owner, you may be thinking to yourself how am I going to afford this upfront? Pope Energy has a financing program where we can work with you to bring financing solutions to build large-scale solar projects. We have the ability to place power purchase agreements or tariff agreements in place, as well as leveraging banking relationships to finance your solar project.

Evidence of New Technology Solidifies the Case for Solar

The technology for solar energy is rapidly improving. There were problems in the past with harsher weather conditions affecting solar panels, as well as energy production at night. We will soon see new technology to allow for bi-facial solar panels as well as seeing technology for solar energy production at night.

This is a no brainer for businesses to start investing in solar energy projects. If the technology is improving and the price is lowering, you’ll see the world turn to renewable energy resources without hesitation because of the long-term reward it has on energy savings and the environment.

Pope Energy is Working Towards a Renewable Energy World

If you’re worried about everything that goes into developing a large-scale solar photovoltaic project, you don’t have to fret. We can assist you with every aspect of solar development from zoning issues to pulling the proper permits to obtaining financing. Around the country, individuals and companies are realizing that investing in solar energy is the future and the key to having a sustainable business. The question for the world is not why but when.

It’s only a matter of time before solar energy is the norm. At Pope Energy, we want you to have a bright future, and that is why we are helping individuals and businesses around the Northeast develop solar projects.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 to learn more about how we can help you get started on your large-scale solar photovoltaic project!

Agricultural solar energy system

How is COVID-19 Affecting Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy has no escape to the COVID-19 crisis around the globe. The economy is hitting hard times as we speak, as well as the health of our nation and the world. We’re in difficult times right now, and this can be a major lesson to the way we live in months and even years to come.

In Green Tech Media live blog update on the Coronavirus, they make an interesting statement and question. “American society has made dramatic changes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Why hasn’t it responded similar urgency to climate change – another human global catastrophe that could harm human health and well-being for generations to come?”

The Green Energy Economy and Coronavirus

It’s difficult to predict the way the COVID-19 crisis will play out. Healthcare workers and world leaders are working to slow down and eliminate the spread of the virus. This is a time to come together as a world and end this as quickly as possible. When it comes to the economy around the globe, there are quite a bit of people out of work for the time being. Maybe hours and pay are cut in companies to eliminate the possibility of layoffs, which is a good thing, but for those investing in solar energy and other renewables, will this have a major impact?

It could very well, but we don’t know for sure yet. There most likely will be disruptions to green energy and solar projects due to a halt in businesses across the country and globe, but they shouldn’t be too daunting to the industry.

Experts Say This May Not Be an Awful Outcome

In Europe, experts are staying positive and believe that this crisis won’t have a negative impact on the progression of the renewable energy projects and agreements. Europe saw a major increase in solar installations last year, but it doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s numbers will be just as good. Many industry leaders believe that projects will continue to develop but at a slower pace.

For workers in the solar industry, it just means fewer people on jobsites, changes to breaks, and running extra transport to and from the project but with less people. There is a calculation of one to two-month delays on projects, but that still will fall in most projected timelines for these developments.

This Should Be a Lesson for Renewable Energy

Many countries were not prepared for the global pandemic. They did not pay attention to the impact it would have on the healthcare industry and the economy. We are in the middle of it in the United States, and it’s hard to tell when it will end. Everyone is responding with full force on this, but what about climate change? If a pandemic like this can happen, what’s to say that climate change cannot be catastrophic in the future if we don’t act immediately with 100% clean energy across the globe. This will be a test for nations around the world to attack the issue of climate change as quickly and efficiently as possible to secure the well-being of our planet.

Installation of large scale solar energy projects

Due to Social Distancing, Europe Sets Solar Energy Records

With everything going on with the Coronavirus Pandemic and incredibly clear skies, solar energy increasing in productivity. Several European countries on the front end of solar energy development have broken records with the production of solar energy.

Solar generation reached a peak of 9.68GW, which was an increase since the record peak of 9.55GW that was set in May of 2019. The conditions are better now considering the fact that people aren’t traveling as much. Pollution is decreasing because of the elimination of activities and the social distancing rules set in place around the world.

Why is this Significant?

We don’t want to diminish the severity of the virus, but we also want to reiterate the impact that pollution has on the production of solar energy. Air pollution has a substantial negative impact on the solar production industry. The production of solar energy can fail due to air pollution in large cities where pollution is high. This can be the difference of successful solar projects and solar fields that are experiencing inefficiencies and monetary losses due to pollution.

Solar Energy Lesson to Learn

Is this mother nature telling us to keep turning to renewable energy and eliminate fossil fuels? Well, it’s probably a little bit simpler than that. This might be a lesson for all of us to consider the way we live. In big cities, pollution is much more prominent. Switching to solar energy for electricity and power can eliminate the need for toxins polluting the air. When we eliminate our polluted lives by riding bikes and being conscious of the environment, solar energy can work better to provide us with the power we need.

At Pope Energy, we are dedicated to providing solar energy projects for landowners, real estate owners, famers, and commercial businesses. If you’re looking to save money on energy costs and improve the environment, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!