Anyone who wants a Generation Unit to be qualified for participation in the RPS Class I or Class II program must apply for a Statement of Qualification (SQA). This page includes directions for applying for the RPS Class I and Class II SQA.
Guide RPS Class I and Class II Statement of Qualification Application
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The RPS Class I and Class II applications are web-based. You must register by creating a username and password and then fill out the application online. Once you have registered you will be able to save new applications and log out of the application platform. For ease of viewing you can download a PDF version of the RPS Class I or Class II application in its entirety. However, you MUST complete and submit the web-based version only. Note that the PDF-formatted SQA includes all possible sections and appendices for the SQA, including many that will not pertain to your type of facility.
RPS Class I and II Statement of Qualification Application
All applications must be submitted electronically. The application must be completely filled out and include all supporting documentation. Original copies must be submitted for all pages that require signatures. Electronic signatures (e.g., faxes or simulated) are not accepted. A hard copy of the signature pages must be mailed or delivered to DOER. Except in the case of Aggregations, a separate SQA must be submitted for each independent project.
The web-based application can be accessed by using the link below. All first-time applicants must first establish a user account by clicking on the “Register” link.
Any questions or issues with the application should be directed to DOER.RPS@state.ma.us.
Guidelines for RPS Class I and II Biomass Generation Units
Generation Unit Owners may find it easier to become part of an Aggregation, which represents a number of systems and Owners, provides qualification from DOER, establishes an account at NEPOOL GIS, and markets and sells its members' RECs. DOER encourages Owners of all sizes to take advantage of Aggregations; however, each owner must be aware of and carefully consider the aggregator’s contract terms and fees for the disposal of its members' RECs.
An Aggregation can only be composed of projects that are of the same technology, located in the same state, and each meet all applicable eligibility criteria for qualification under RPS Class I or II.
If the system is part of an Aggregation and the system owner and aggregator are separate entities, than the following document must be signed by each party attesting that a contract has been signed and should the contract be terminated DOER will be notified within 30 days:
Spreadsheets and Other Attachments
Some information will have to be completed in the form of attachments, as indicated in the web-based application. Attachments should be submitted by email whenever possible and if not explicitly required to be mailed. Address them to DOER.RPS@state.ma.us. Please provide clear titles, including the name of the Generation Unit and/or Aggregation, for all emails and attachments. Your SQA will not be complete until DOER has received all required attachments and other documents.
All solar photovoltaic applications must provide a completed copy of the following form:
An Independent Verifier must be selected for Generation Units whose output is NOT monitored and reported to the NEPOOL GIS by ISO-NE, including all Aggregations and other behind-the-meter units per 225 CMR 14.05(1)(c). The duty of the Independent Verifier is to access/read the electricity output meter of the unit, assure itself that the reading is reasonable, and accurately report the generation of the unit to the NEPOOL GIS on a quarterly basis. Such reporting is done via the Verifier's own account at the GIS. A list of Massachusetts RPS/APS Qualified Independent Verifiers is provided below; however, you are not required to select a Verifier from the list and the inclusion of a Verifier on the list does not necessarily guarantee its independence with respect to all Generation Units. Whether the Verifier is listed or not, you must fill out Appendix D, Section 2 of the online application to provide the details on the Verifier you have chosen. If your chosen Verifier is not already registered at the GIS, the Verifier must register via the GIS homepage ( www.nepoolgis.com); such registration can be completed only when DOER informs the GIS it has approved the Verifier.
You must submit all signature pages with their original signatures and any required supporting documentation not included in the electronic application to the following address:
Massachusetts RPS Program
Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge St. Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02114
Certified mail or equivalent forms of delivery are encouraged.
Non-Roundtripping Attestation for Import Generation Units
The Owner or Operator of an Import Generation Unit must provide an attestation that it will not itself or through any affiliate or other contracted party, engage in the process of importing RPS Class I or II Renewable Generation into the ISO-NE Control Area for the creation of RPS Class I or II Renewable GIS Certificates, and then exporting that energy or a similar quantity of other energy out of the ISO-NE Control Area during the same hour.
If your project is an Import Generation Unit please sign, print and mail in the form to the address above.
DOER Review and Approval
Once DOER receives a Statement of Qualification Application, staff members review it for completeness, accuracy, appropriate signatures, and certification.
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.
DOER reserves the right to inspect sites and/or request additional technical information prior to approving or denying applications.
Statement of Qualification
Once a project is approved, it will receive a Statement of Qualification from DOER. DOER will then post on the DOER website the name of the approved Generation Unit with some additional information about the Generation Unit, and notify the NEPOOL GIS Administrator of its eligibility.