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An Act Relative to Net Metering and Solar Power

July 19th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”  As a CPA firm with a specialty practice in renewable energy, the oft-asked question from a prospective client is “can you help us get financing?”  Due largely to the state’s policies providing net metering (credits for returning excess [...]

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Banning Employee Non-Compete Agreements in MA – Compromise on the Horizon?

July 9th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Special Guest Column by Christopher W. Sanzone, Esq.,  Sanzone & McCarthy, LLP Various forces in Massachusetts have been trying to bring a well-known staple of California employment law – a ban on non-competes in the employment context – to the Bay State by introducing two bills this past spring in the state legislature (House Bills 4082 [...]

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Cow Power to the People!

June 18th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week, the Rodman & Rodman, P.C. “Green Team” had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new BGreen Anaerobic Digester at Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. The BGreen digester is the second waste-to-energy project completed by AGreen Energy LLC, a Rodman & Rodman tax advisory client. The first digester at the [...]

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Will Tax Reform Help or Hurt the Renewable Energy Sector?

May 21st, 2014 by The Rodman Team

A popular buzzword on Capitol Hill these days is “tax reform.” Tax bills proposing to change existing law have recently been introduced. To date these bills would remove both the ITC and PTC as credits available to taxpayers. A new, emission-neutral credit has also been discussed, which would include nuclear power as an eligible technology. [...]

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Obama Administration Unveils Aggressive New Strategy to Accelerate Solar Energy Deployment at White House “Solar Summit”

May 7th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

On April 17, at a White House “Solar Summit,” Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz and White House counselor, John Podesta announced major new initiatives to accelerate the growth of solar energy infrastructure to mitigate climate change. The program offers a wide variety of incentives and assistance programs, including: • A $15 million Solar Market Pathways funding [...]

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When Clean Energy Dark Clouds have a Green Lining

April 16th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

The 2013 data on global renewable energy investments has begun to drift in from the various think tanks that track this sector. On the surface the numbers are a bit disappointing. Worldwide investment dropped in the range of 11-14% from 2012 levels, and about 23% from the record levels of 2011. Comparing dollars to dollars, [...]

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New Bills Up for Vote in Massachusetts Legislature could Open New Investment Incentives and Business Opportunities

April 9th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

In 2014, Massachusetts has several key bills coming up for vote by the state legislature that would provide more incentives for renewable energy and cleantech investors, while stimulating cleantech sector growth and creating new jobs. Here are some of the new bills that top the priority list of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC).  [...]

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President’s New Methane Emissions Reduction Strategy Another Shot in the Arm for Anaerobic Digester Operators

April 2nd, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week, The Obama administration announced a new strategy to reduce methane emissions. This is the latest in a series of actions the White House has taken to address climate change. Although methane only accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is more than 20 times more potent than carbon [...]

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Additional Net Metering Opportunities Not Embraced by All

March 18th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its enthusiastic support for new legislation in Massachusetts that would provide electricity consumers with easier access to net metering. Net metering allows customers with PV solar systems to reduce their electric bills by sending excess electricity back to the grid at average retail rates. Not only [...]

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