Generation Units seeking to participate in the RPS Class I or Class II programs must apply for a Statement of Qualification.
Guide RPS Class I and Class II Statement of Qualification Application
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1. Online Application
Applicants should submit a complete application through the web-based platform accessed by the link below. First-time applicants must register by creating a username and password. Except in the case of Aggregations, a separate application must be submitted for each Generation Unit.
Applicable forms should be sent by email to DOER.RPS@mass.gov. Please provide clear titles, including the application ID and the name of the Generation Unit and/or Aggregation. The application will not be complete until DOER has received all required documentation.
Original copies of signed certifications and appendices must be sent by mail to the following address:
Massachusetts RPS Program
Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge St. Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02114
Please also email scanned copies of certifications and appendices to DOER.RPS@mass.gov.
Reference versions of the RPS Class I and Class II applications are available at the links below for informational purposes only. Note that the reference versions include all possible sections and appendices, including many that will not pertain to each facility type.
Please direct any questions to DOER.RPS@mass.gov.
Detail Form for Solar PV Generation Units
Solar PV applicants must submit a completed copy of the following form by email. To assist with the application process, the form includes a checklist specific to solar PV units:
Independent Verifier Form for Generation Units Not Monitored by ISO-NE
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, applicants 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, applicants must fill out Appendix D, Section 2 of the online application and provide a completed copy of the below Independent Verifier Request Form by email. If your chosen Verifier is not already registered at the GIS, the Verifier must register via the GIS homepage (www.nepoolgis.com).
REC Services Agreement for Generation Units in an Aggregation
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:
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.
Guidelines for Biomass Generation Units
Application Review and Approval
After DOER receives a Statement of Qualification Application, staff members review the application for completeness, accuracy, appropriate signatures, and certification.
Generally, DOER will notify the applicant within thirty (30) days after receiving a complete application, or within thirty (30) days after receiving a complete response to any request by DOER for additional information.
DOER reserves the right to inspect sites and/or request additional technical information prior to approving or denying applications.
Once an application is approved, DOER will issue a Statement of Qualification and notify the NEPOOL GIS Administrator of the Generation Unit's eligibility prior to the end of the reporting quarter.