Massachusetts has reached its goal of 250 megawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity four years sooner than the original 2017 target, and has set a new goal of 1.6 gigawatts by 2020, according to PV Magazine.
The capacity of solar power installations in the state has increased 80-fold since 2007 when Massachusetts could claim 3.5 MW worth of installations. The growth rate is one of the fastest in the country, the magazine says, and makes the state seventh overall in installed PV capacity in the country.
Incentives have helped. They include Commonwealth Solar Green Communities, Solarize Mass and Leading by Example.
Citing a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association, PV Magazine says clean energy jobs in Massachusetts rose by more than 11% between 2011 and 2012. In all, 5,000 clean-energy firms employ more than 71,000 workers.