Emergency Regulation Comment Period Extension
In response to industry requests, DOER has extended the comment period on the changes made in 225 CMR 20.00. The deadline for submitting written comments is now Monday, June 1, 2020, by 5pm. Written comments should be submitted to DOER.SMART@mass.gov with “SMART Public Comment” in the subject line. As an alternative, the public may submit written comments via mail to the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114, attention Kaitlin Kelly. Please be advised that there may be delays in receiving written comments via the mail.
The written comment extension shall also apply to the following Guidelines, which DOER currently has out for comment:
SMART Guideline Comment Period
In addition to the three Guidelines already out for public comment, DOER has made adjustments to a number of existing SMART Guidelines, and has created new Guidelines to clarify changes made in the SMART Emergency Regulations. DOER is now accepting comment on these Guidelines through Thursday June, 18, 2020, by 5 PM. Comments should be submitted to DOER.SMART@mass.gov with the subject “SMART Guideline Comments”.
In addition to the public comments, DOER will be hosting two different stakeholder meetings. One will focus on the Guideline on SMART Consumer Protection, and one will focus on the Guideline Regarding Alternative Programs for Community Shared Solar and Low-Income Community Shared Solar Generation Units. More information regarding those stakeholder meetings will be sent in the coming days.
Application Portal Re-Opens
On May 18, 2020, the application portal for the SMART program reopened at masmartsolar.com. Applicants will now be able to submit new applications in the portal. The application will provide prompts to help applicants determine which rules may apply to the Solar Tariff Generation Unit submitting a Statement of Qualification Application. Please submit any questions on the application to MA.SMART@clearesult.com or DOER.SMART@mass.gov.
Technical Amendment and Virtual Tutorial Scheduled
DOER has identified a typographical error requiring a technical correction for the calculation of the BTM incentive in 225 CMR 20.08(3). The technical correction has inserted the 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑘𝑊ℎ 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑔e into the formula, consistent with the calculation originally proposed in the SMART Program 400 MW Review. Below is the revised formula with emphasis added on the correction.
Additionally, DOER clarifies that 225 CMR 20.08(3) applies to projects that receive a Statement of Qualification after the Publication Date, and are not compensated as a Class I Net Metering Facility, Class II Net Metering Facility, or Class III Net Metering Facility. Existing applications will be processed according to the Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline. This will be clarified further through the emergency regulatory rulemaking process.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, DOER held a virtual tutorial. The purpose of the tutorial was for DOER to share information with the public about the regulations and guidelines that have been released. A recording of the virtual tutorial can be found below. The virtual tutorial was separate from the regulatory required public hearing that is scheduled on Friday, May 22, 2020, from 10AM – 12PM.
Virtual Public Tutorial on SMART Emergency Regulations (Webinar Recording)
Virtual Public Tutorial on SMART Emergency Regulations (Presentation)
SMART Regulations Filed
On Tuesday April 14, 2020, DOER filed a revised 225 CMR 20.00, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, with the Secretary of the Commonwealth as an emergency regulation. This regulatory update is the result of DOER’s review of the SMART Program and engagement with stakeholders, which began upon the qualification of 400 MW of eligible Solar Tariff Generation Units. The regulations go into effect immediately. Below are the links to the SMART emergency regulations and three key regulatory guidelines.
Due to the current COVID19 crisis, DOER held a virtual public hearing on the regulations and guidelines on May 22, 2020 from 10am to 12pm. A recording from the hearing can be found below.
Written comments will be accepted on the SMART regulation and key guidelines until 5 PM on May 22, 2020. Due to the current conditions, DOER highly encourages written comments be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Please include “SMART Public Comment” in the subject line. As an alternative, the public may submit written comments via mail to the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114, attention Kaitlin Kelly. Please be advised that there may be delays in receiving written comments via the mail.
The SMART application portal has been temporarily closed for new applications. The application portal will continue to accept change requests and extension requests for existing applications. The application portal is anticipated to reopen for new applications on May 18th.
SMART Guideline Drafts for Comment
The DOER has amended it's Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Unit Guideline to update the eligibility criteria for projects looking to qualify as a dual use Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Unit. DOER's proposal, made in consultation with the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, can be found in the draft guideline. DOER will be accepting comments on the proposed revisions.
400 MW Review Straw Proposal
Per 225 CMR 20.07(5), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has been conducting a review of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, which began upon the qualification of 400 MW of eligible Solar Tariff Generation Units. The following presentation contains DOER's proposal for changes to be made to the SMART program in 400 MW Review.
400 MW Review Comments (zip file)
Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.