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UPDATE: MassDEP's Wetlands Program Policy 17-1: Photovoltaic System Solar Array Review

Wednesday, November 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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 MassDEP's Wetlands Program Policy 17-1: Photovoltaic System Solar Array Review


The MassDEP Wetlands Program recently issued Policy 17-1: Photovoltaic System Solar Array Review. The policy link below is located on the recently launched new website: This policy describes how MassDEP reviews a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PVS) relative to wetland jurisdiction.  The policy strongly encourages the use of upland properties for locating a PVS. Placement of a PVSs within jurisdictional wetlands is highly discouraged; any PVS contemplated for locations in resource areas are subject to all regulatory performance standards.


MassDEP also collaborated with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to reiterate these policy objectives in recently promulgated DOER regulations. Since solar power is a key part of renewable energy in Massachusetts, the DOER recently adopted regulations,, to incentivize the continued use and development of solar photovoltaic power in the Commonwealth. However, consistent with input from MassDEP, the final regulations contain provisions that preclude incentives for any solar projects proposed to be located in wetland resource areas and natural waterbodies such as salt ponds, freshwater lakes, or great ponds.

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