SMART Compliance Reports and Audits

This page provides information on annual compliance reports for the SMART program and the results of audits undertaken by the Department.

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ASTGU Annual Reports

Per 225 CMR 20.06(1)(d)5., annual reporting to the Department and MDAR of the productivity of the crop(s) and herd, including pounds harvested and/or grazed, herd size growth, success of the crop, potential changes, etc., shall be provided after project implementation and throughout the SMART incentive period for Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units (ASTGUs). 

2023 Reports

SMANG_00235 - Million Little Sunbeams/Reddy Fox Farm

SMAES_05244 - REDP Godfrey Solar LLC

SMANG_00414 - BWC Lake Ripple LLC

2022 Reports

SMANG_00235 - Million Little Sunbeams/Reddy Fox Farm

SMAES_05244 - REDP Godfrey Solar LLC

CSS/LICSS Annual Compliance

Community Solar Customer Disclosure Form Examples

Per 225 CMR 20.06(1)(f)2. and 225 CMR 20.06(1)(h)2., Community Shared and Low Income Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Unit Owners or Authorized Agents must provide updated customer disclosure forms for any new Customers of Record that receive electricity or bill credits generated by the Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Unit after it is granted its Statement of Qualification. These updates must be provided at least annually by no later than December 31st. In addition, the Owner or Authorized Agent must provide an updated AOBC form so the Department can identify the new Customers of Record and confirm that their customer disclosure forms have been submitted.

The Department will send reminders to applicable systems in December. Any system Owner that does not have new Customers of Record should reply to the Department's reminder email stating as such. All other system Owners should reply with the updated AOBC form and new Customer Disclosure forms by December 31st. The Department will review materials submitted and notify the responder if there are any issues identified. 

ESS Annual Compliance

Per 225 CMR 20.06(1)(e), Solar Tariff Generation Units co-located with an Energy Storage System and receiving an energy storage adder must comply with eligibility criteria.

Data Provision Requirements: The Owner of the Energy Storage System must provide historical 15-minute interval performance data in a manner established by the Department for the first year of operation, and upon request, for the first five years of operation.

Operational Requirements: The Energy Storage System must discharge at least 52 complete cycle equivalents per year, or must participate in a demand response program, and must remain functional and operational in order for the Solar Tariff Generation Unit to continue to be eligible for the energy storage adder. If the Energy Storage System is decommissioned or non-functional for more than 15% of any 12-month period, the Department may disqualify the Solar Tariff Generation Unit from continuing to receive the energy storage adder.

The Department will provide a template for the Owner to submit the 15-minute interval data and will work with the Electric Distribution Companies to identify which systems are participating in the ConnectedSolutions demand response program. The Department will reach out to the applicable systems with the template and a timeline for submitting the materials. The Department will review the materials submitted and notify the responder if there are any issues identified.

SMART Energy Storage System Performance Data Template

ESS Compliance Template 2021

Audit of Low Income Solar Tariff Generation Units

Per 225 CMR 20.06(1)(k), a Solar Tariff Generation Unit that services eligibile Low Income Customers must demonstrate to the Department's satisfaction that any such customers shall receive a net savings by enrolling in the solar contract, as detailed in the Department's Guideline Regarding Low Income Generation Units.

In 2021 and 2022, the Department undertook an audit of Low Income Solar Tariff Generation Units. The Department selected projects at random and reviewed applications from 15 Applicants. The final audit reports determined 8 Applicants to be in compliance and 7 to have instances of non-compliance. Of the 7 companies with non-compliant applications, 2 companies were shown to have 3 or more instances of non-compliance, resulting in the Applicants being suspended from submitting applications to the SMART program for 12 months per Section 4 of the Guideline on SMART Consumer Protection

Entities Suspended:

  • Palmetto Solar
  • Vision Solar

Entities with Warnings:

  • Isaksen Solar
  • Trinity Solar

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