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Solar success costing owners

Price of state bonds dips with popularity of panel systems

The push to add more solar power to the electrical mix in Massachusetts has been so successful that one of the key financial incentives from the state — bond-like certificates earned by generating energy with solar panels — has taken a hit in the marketplace.

Robert Scherer has generated four solar renewable energy certificates since installing solar panels on his Ashland home in October 2011, but so far has sold only one — for $204, far below the $500 to $600 he had been expecting.

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