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.

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 pdf format of RFP for SMART Solar Program Administrator
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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 zip format of Public Comments
file size 47MB

Audio - Public Hearing 1 at Westfield State University 7/10/2017 mp3 format of Audio SMART Public Hearing Westfield State
file size 88MB

Audio - Public Hearing 2 at Worcester State University 7/10/2017 mp3 format of Audio SMART Public Hearing Worcester State
file size 67MB

Audio - Public Hearing 3 at MassART 7/11/2017 mp3 format of Audio SMART Public Hearing MassART
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:

225 CMR 20.00 – SMART Program Emergency Regulation pdf format of 225 CMR 20.00 – SMART Program Emergency Regulation

Brownfields Guideline pdf format of Brownfields Guideline

Energy Storage Guideline xlsx format of Energy Storage Guideline

Low Income Guideline pdf format of Low Income Guideline

SQ Reservation Period Guideline pdf format of SQ Reservation Period Guideline

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.

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program  pdf format of Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

January 31, 2017 Meeting  mp3 format of 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.

Next Generation Incentive Straw Proposal pptx format of Next Generation Incentive Straw Proposal

Solar Land Use Guidance and Information  pdf format of Solar Land Use Guidance and Information

September 23, 2016 Meeting mp3 format of Solar Straw Proposal Presentation
file size 154MB

Next Solar Incentive Straw Proposal Public Comments  zip format of 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  pdf format of Developing a Post-1600 MW Solar Incentive Program Repor
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Effective Incentive Requirement Results  xlsx format of Effective Incentive Requirement Results

Revenue Requirement Results  xlsx format of Revenue Requirement Results

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  zip format of Post 1600 MW Solar Program Development Comments
file size 15MB