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.
The following list contains applications that are qualified and under review for the SMART program as of December 6, 2019.
The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program is the newest program established to support the development of solar in Massachusetts. The DOER regulation in 225 CMR 20.00 sets the regulatory framework for the program. The tariff based incentive is paid directly by the utility company to the system owner, following the approval of the application by the Solar Program Administrator.
The SMART Program is a 1600MW declining block incentive program. Eligible projects must be interconnected by one of three investor owned utility companies in Massachusetts: Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. Each utility has established blocks that decline in incentive rates between each block.
The SMART Program will begin accepting applications at 12:00 PM ET on November 26, 2018. All applications must be submitted through the SMART Statement of Qualification Application website.
All applications received through 11:59 PM ET on November 30, 2018 will be considered as having been submitted at the same time for the purposes of determining placement in a Capacity Block.
- Applications for facilities less than or equal to 25 kW AC will be reviewed and placed into Capacity Blocks in the order that their contract was executed
- Applications for facilities greater than 25 kW AC will be reviewed and placed into Capacity Blocks in the order that their Interconnection Services Agreement was executed
All applications received on or after 12:00 AM ET December 1, 2018 will be reviewed and placed into Capacity Blocks on a first come, first served basis.
Information on the Program Design and Launch, can be found in the following presentation:
SMART Application and Website
CLEAResult has been selected by the three participating electric distribution companies, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil, to be the Solar Program Administrator. As the Solar Program Administrator, CLEAResult will review all applications submitted, and recommend approval of the application to DOER.
CLEAResult has developed a program website with many program details and the link to the application, which will be set upon the program launch. In addition, their website will contain up to date information on remaining on remaining block capacity for each utility service territory once the application opens. For more information please visit their website at:
Required Application Documentation
The final Customer Disclosure forms are now available. Small System Customer Disclosure Forms must be submitted in the initial Statement of Qualification Application. The Community Solar Customer Disclosure Form must be submitted when seeking the Community Shared Solar or Low Income Community Shared Solar Adders in the final Statement of Qualification claim, or when a project is operational and seeking final approval and enrolling in the tariff. Each participant in a single project must sign a Community Shared Solar Customer Disclosure Form.
SMART Metering Requirements and Information
Information on utility specific metering Requirements can be found in in the following presentation:
SMART Program Guidelines
Application Process and Base Compensation Rates
The SMART application process, and how eligible Solar Tariff Generation Units are issued Statements of Qualification, can be found in the following Guideline. Updated November 2019.
Capacity Block Base Compensation Rates were set based on the results of the initial competitive procurement run in late 2017. The Base Compensation Rate for each Block can be found in the following Guideline.
In some instanced, qualified projects will need to be assigned a blended rate. DOER has created a Guideline outlining the instances where this may be required, and how the rate will be calculated.
DOER has created a Value of Energy and Incentive Calculator for Behind-the-Meter facilities. This calculator is intended to be a practical tool to calculate the Value of Energy and fixed incentive compensation rate for behind-the-meter systems. The calculation is based on project type, size, distribution company service territory, customer rate class, and capacity block. This workbook does not necessarily reflect the final tariff value a system will be qualified for, but is meant to be a tool to understand and estimate the value that a particular customer may receive under different scenarios.
The incentive payment effective date varies based on the Electric Distribution Company. The Electric Distribution Companies and DOER have created the following document to provide additional guidance.
Guidelines on Eligibility for SMART Adders
Projects seeking the Energy Shared Storage Adder can use the following Guideline to review eligibility criteria, and can use the Energy Storage Adder Calculator as a tool to estimate the adder value a certain project may be eligible for.
Projects seeking the Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Unit (ASTGU) Adder must apply for a predetermination letter. In preparing your ASTGU pre-determination form, it is highly recommended that you review the information and fact sheets available on the UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE) website and contact the Extension with any questions regarding this information. Before submitting your final pre-determination form to DOER, submit a draft version of the form to CEE, at firstname.lastname@example.org. CEE will review the document with Agricultural Extension staff, and respond to the applicant with any recommendations or comments regarding the proposed within 10 days. Once CEE has reviewed the form, send the completed form to DOER at DOER.SMART@mass.gov. DOER will review all requests with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
Projects seeking the Brownfield Generation Unit Adder must apply for a predetermination letter from DOER at DOER.SMART@mass.gov. DOER will review all requests with the Department of Environmental Protection; the following provides guidance on the process for obtaining a letter.
Solar Tariff Generation Units are subject to certain siting rules, and are categorized based on the land use of the location and installation type. The following Guideline clarifies the categorization of projects based on siting, as well as how many projects may be qualified on a parcel or contiguous parcels.
Solar Tariff Generation Units seeking the Low Income Property Adder, the Low Income Community Shared Solar Adder, or are 25kW or less and low income eligible can find eligibility criteria in the following Guideline.
Alternative On-bill Credits
Eligible SMART projects that are interconnected as standalone systems, meaning they are not serving on site load behind the retail service meter, may receive energy compensation through Alternative On-bill Credits. The Alternative On-bill Credit was created with the SMART program to allow systems that are unable to receive net metering credits to be able to assign bill credits to other customer accounts, in the same way net metering credits can be used to virtually net meter. The Alternative On-bill Credit is unique to the SMART program, and does not have the same rules that apply to eligible net metered facilities. To answer some frequently asked questions about the Alternative On-bill Credit mechanism, DOER has created the following Guidance.
Questions & Information
Sample Statements of Qualification
Qualified Solar Tariff Generation Units will be given a Statement of Qualification, demonstrating eligibility to participate in the SMART program.
Sample Behind the Meter Statements of Qualification:
Sample Standalone Statements of Qualification: