Bill S.2596: Act Allowing Municipalities to Reasonably Regulate Solar Siting

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., the Massachusetts Senate Joint Committee Telecommunications, Utilities and energy will be hearing comments on these bills.

Bill S.2596 co-sponsored by MA State Senator Joanne M. Comerford would allow municipalities to regulate the siting of non-residential solar systems for purposes of preserving forested lands, wetlands, lands in agricultural use or to ensure compatibility with municipal zoning.

Your testimony is needed in support of this bill! Individuals who wish to testify virtually may register to do so by filling out this form by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10. After you register, you will receive a Teams invitation and further instructions on how to participate virtually a day or two before the hearing. Constituents planning to testify are encouraged to alert Sen. Comerford by emailing

Written testimony can be submitted via email to Magda Garncarz at and Dina Nathanson at, and please copy Senator Comerford ( The deadline to submit written testimony is Tuesday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. When submitting written testimony, please use the following document title format: Bill# – Organization Name – Support/Oppose.

Those who do not plan to testify but want to watch the public hearing may view the live stream under the Hearings & Events section of the legislative website.