Help MA Determine Where to Locate Solar

As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts addresses climate change through renewable energy development and other strategies, AMC and partners have urged Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to identify areas where solar development should be avoided and encouraged. A solar siting analysis by DOER found that almost 8,000 acres of forest and farmland were developed for ground-mounted solar between 2010-2019.

Announcement to hikers in the Dalton area!

Attempted theft from vehicle parked at Grange Hall Rd, Dalton.

On the weekend of July 16/17, a visitor parking overnight at Grange Hall Rd near the Appalachian Trail in Dalton Mass, reported that an attempt was made to steal the catalytic converter from their vehicle. Police were notified, and indicated that similar incidents have been taking place in the larger area generally. Appalachian Trail parking does not seem to be the focus of the thieves, as no other reports of Trail parking area vandalism have been received by the AT Committee to date.

Support for Bill H.4331 Needed!

While the AMC supports the development of solar power, Massachusetts laws and regulations have permitted many thousands of acres of forest and farms to be lost to solar facilities. A decades old law is being interpreted to sharply curtail municipalities authority to zone for solar facilities to protect key resources. Bill H.4331 is a bill which would restore a municipality’s right to reasonably regulate solar power locations and is supported by the AMC. This bill needs your support to gain passage.