State leaders urged to lift renewable energy purchase caps on utilities

A dark cloud has just appeared over the burgeoning field of solar energy in the Bay State.

With the development of large solar installations increasing in frequency and size, utilities are closing in on — or in some cases bumping into — a state-imposed cap on how much power they may purchase from renewable energy facilities.

Fearing the loss of momentum in the growth of solar, environmental advocates are calling on the state to remove the caps, which they say will put a chill on the development of large-capacity renewable energy facilities.

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