The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016 signed into law by Governor Baker on April 11, 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth and this page is designed to provide an overview of past and planned public meetings, relevant documents, presentations, and reports related to the new program.
This page provides the latest information regarding the process of developing the next solar incentive program. More information will be provided on this page as the process unfolds.
DOER Files Final Regulation with the Secretary of State
On August 11, 2017 DOER filed its proposed final version of the 225 CMR 20.00 Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program regulation with the Secretary of State’s Office. The final version of the regulations can be found below:
RFP for Solar Program Administrator
On July 18, 2017, the electric distribution companies issued an RFP for the Solar Program Administrator responsible for the SMART program. Interested bidders must be registered within the Eversource “SAP Ariba Sourcing” purchasing system. Please contact Eversource by July 28, 2017 to register, view the RFP and submit a bid. You can view a copy of the RFP below:
RFP for SMART Solar Program Administrator file size 2MB
SMART Public Hearings and Public Comments
DOER held three public hearings on the SMART Regulations on July 10-11, 2017. Audio files of those hearings can be found below, as well as all public comment received.
Public Comments file size 47MB
Audio - Public Hearing 3 at MassART 7/11/2017 file size 78MB
SMART Regulations Filed
On Monday, June 5, 2017, DOER filed 225 CMR 20.00, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, with the Secretary of the Commonwealth as an emergency regulation. DOER will separately announce the timing of public hearings and the written public comment deadline in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the following copies of the regulation and accompanying guidelines are available for stakeholder review:
Next Solar Incentive Final Proposal
On January 31, 2017, DOER presented the final program design to stakeholders at the Federal Reserve Building in Boston. A copy of the presentation is found below.
January 31, 2017 Meeting file size 193MB
Next Solar Incentive Straw Proposal
On September 23, 2016, DOER presented its vision for the next generation of solar incentives to the public. The meeting took place at the Federal Reserve Building. Over the next couple of months, DOER will continue to engage with stakeholders in working towards the final design of the program. A copy of the presentation can be found below, as well as a link to an audio recording of the meeting.
September 23, 2016 Meeting file size 154MB
Next Solar Incentive Straw Proposal Public Comments file size 46MB
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Post 1600 MW Solar Incentive Program Report
In February 2016, DOER selected Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC to complete an analysis of revenue requirements for solar projects, as well as a comparative evaluation of various types of incentive programs. The results of that analysis can be found in the report below:
Developing a Post-1600 MW Solar Incentive Program Report file size 4MB
Stakeholder Listening Sessions
As the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth.
With this effort, DOER conducted two public listening sessions to receive verbal and written comments on the development of the next solar incentive. The public comments received through June 30, 2016 can be viewed in the file below.
Post 1600 MW Solar Program Development Comments file size 15MB