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New Report Examines Mass. Forests and Solar Siting, Offers Path to Net-Zero Goals

October 2, 2023
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a hawk stands atop a roof mounted with solar panels with a forest in the background

A new report released today by scientists in the Thompson Lab at Harvard Forest and Mass Audubon offers the first-ever comprehensive economic and geospatial analysis of whether Massachusetts can meet its solar goals while protecting its most valuable natural and working lands. 

The report proposes a shift from large-scale, ground-mount solar to solar projects on rooftops, parking lots, and already-developed lands. It offers a way forward for Massachusetts to meet its goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while simultaneously protecting forests and farmlands.

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