Before a project can generate SREC IIs, DOER must qualify the project for the RPS Solar Carve-Out II. Projects may qualify as part of an Aggregation or as an Independent Generation Unit.

Online Registration Process

All prospective applicants must submit a Statement of Qualification Application (SQA) via the online registration platform hosted by the MassCEC and administered by DOER. MassCEC anticipates that applications will be accepted through this platform beginning on May 13, 2014. A link to the registration platform will be available at that time.

Statement of Qualification Application

All prospective applicants must submit a Statement of Qualification Application (SQA) via the online registration platform hosted by the MassCEC and administered by DOER.

SREC II Statement of Qualification Application (SQA)
SREC II Statement of Qualification Application (SQA) User Guide pdf format of SREC II Statement of Qual Application User Guide
file size 1MB
SREC II Statement of Qualification Application (SQA) Glossary of Terms xlsx format of SREC II Statement of Qualification Application Glossary

Assurance of Qualification Process

Any project that is not yet interconnected and wishes to secure a position under a Managed Growth Annual Capacity Block or Solar Carve-Out II Program Capacity Cap must apply for an Assurance of Qualification. Projects that seek an Assurance of Qualification must follow the same application process as all other projects, but are required to provide the following documentation as part of their SQA:

  1. An executed Interconnection Service Agreement, as tendered by the distribution company;
  2. Proof of adequate site control (a sufficient interest in real estate or other contractual right to construct the Unit at the location specified in the Interconnection Service Agreement); and
  3. All necessary governmental permits and approvals to construct the Unit with the exception of ministerial permits, such as a building permit, and notwithstanding any pending legal challenge(s) to one or more permits or approvals.

Projects that seek or receive an Assurance of Qualification will be subject to the rules outlined in the Assurance of Qualification Guideline pdf format of Assurance of Qualification Guideline
 (REVISED October 7, 2014)

Authorization to Interconnect

SREC II generation cannot commence before the date on which the system has received the local utility’s authorization to interconnect. For Independent Generation Units and Aggregations, authorization to interconnect must be provided for each individual project via the online registration platform.

Project Owners that have not received the authorization to interconnect will need to qualify via the Assurance of Qualification process, which is outlined in the Guideline on the following page.

Other Required Documentation

Applicants may be required to submit other documentation depending on the type of project for which they are seeking qualification. Many of these documents can be submitted directly via the online registration platform.

Required Documentation by Project Type

Emergency Power Generation Unit

  • Copy of electric bill showing at least one year of on-site electric consumption; or
  • Estimate of yearly on-site electric consumption

Low or Moderate Income Housing

  • Evidence that 100% of the electricity or net-metering credits from the project is being delivered to a facility that qualifies as low or moderate income housing

Community Shared Solar Generation Units

  • Copy of Schedule Z showing net metering credit allocation

Ground mounted projects >25 kW with 67% or more on-site use

  • Copy of electric bill showing at least one year of on-site electric consumption; or
  • Estimate of yearly on-site electric consumption

Brownfield Generation Unit

  • DOER has developed the following draft Guideline in consultation with MassDEP regarding the pre-determination of whether or not a particular site meets the definition of Brownfield in 225 CMR 14.00. 

    Guideline Regarding the Definition of Brownfield pdf format of Guideline Regarding the Definition of Brownfields
file size 1MB – September 8, 2014

Landfill Generation Unit

  • Copy of MassDEP issued post-closure use permit

Member of Aggregation

Application Deadlines and Process Timeline

DOER, in conjunction with MassCEC, established deadlines for submitting applications for each quarter. If a project wishes to receive credit for production in a particular quarter, it must submit a complete application by the deadline for that quarter. For example, if a project interconnected on January 1st submitted an application after the Q1 deadline of May 15th, it would lose all credit for production occurring between January 1st and March 31st.

Quarter

Application Submission Deadline

Q1

May 15th

Q2

August 15th

Q3

November 15th

Q4

February 15th

DOER Review and Approval of Application 

Applications that are incomplete, inaccurate, or include ineligible projects will not be reviewed further until the open issues have been completely rectified to the satisfaction of DOER. Within 30 days of receipt of an incomplete, ineligible, or inaccurate application, DOER will notify the applicant. The submission of incomplete applications will result in significant delays.

Once a Generation Unit or Aggregation has been approved by DOER, a Statement of Qualification will be mailed to the designated Authorized Representative of the Generation Unit/Aggregation. The Authorized Representative will also be notified of their qualification by email. Delays may occur during periods of high demand, vacations, and holidays.

DOER reserves the right to inspect sites and/or request additional technical information prior to approving or denying applications.

Role of Production Tracking System (PTS)

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center ("MassCEC"), as the designated independent verifier for all SREC systems, will verify and report SREC eligible production data for solar PV systems to NEPOOL GIS on a quarterly basis. In order for MassCEC to report production data to NEPOOL GIS, the NEPOOL GIS account holder must first indicate their acceptance of MassCEC’s PTS SREC Terms and Conditions on the system owner page for the given system on the PTS website. For more information on the PTS, please visit the following webpage:

www.masscec.com/pts

Expansions to Qualified Projects

Expansions to qualified projects are permitted under the Solar Carve-Out II Program. If the expansion is to an existing system that is not qualified under the Solar Carve-Out II Program, it must have a separate revenue grade production meter than the original system. If the expansion is to an existing system that is qualified under the Solar Carve-Out II Program, please contact DOER at DOER.SREC@state.ma.us.