Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

Massachusetts' solar initiative

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SMART Emergency Rulemaking

Please note the SMART Program is currently undergoing an emergency rulemaking, which may impact the accuracy of information on this page. For the most up to date information on the SMART Program and emergency rulemaking, please visit the webpage below. 

SMART Emergency Rulemaking

Applications Update

The following list contains applications that are qualified and under review for the SMART Program as of March 9, 2020.

SMART Applications List

General Information

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program is the DOER's incentive 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 and DOER.

The SMART Program is a 3,200 MW 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.

To account for updates made in the SMART Program, the application portal will be temporarily closed to new applications. Applications submitted and deemed complete prior to April 15, 2020 will continue to be processed.

The DOER anticipates it will begin accepting new applications at 12:00 PM ET on May 18, 2020. All applications must be submitted through the SMART Statement of Qualification Application website.

All applications received through 11:59 PM ET on May 22, 2020 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 May 23, 2020 will be reviewed and placed into Capacity Blocks on a first come, first served basis.

SMART Application Webinar Video

Information on the Program Design and Launch can be found in the following presentation:

SMART Program Design and Launch

SMART Application and Website

CLEAResult was 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 developed a program website with many program details and the link to the application. In addition, the website will contain up to date information on remaining on remaining block capacity for each utility service territory. For more information, please visit the website at:

SMART Program Application Website

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.

Community Solar Customer Disclosure Form

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Third-party owned)

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Direct Ownership)

SMART Metering Requirements and Information

Information on utility specific metering requirements can be found in in the following presentation:

SMART Program Metering Requirements

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 April 2020.

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline

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. Updated May 2020. 

Capacity Block, Base Compensation Rate, and Compensation Rate Adder Guideline

In some instances, qualified projects may 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. Updated May 2020. 

Guideline on Establishing SMART Compensation Rates

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. 

2020 BTM Value of Energy Workbook

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. Updated April 2020. 

SMART Incentive Payment Effective Dates

 

DOER has created a guideline to provide guidance on metering requirements for SMART qualified Solar Tariff Generation Units as well as paired Energy Shared Storage systems.

Energy Storage and Metering Guideline

Guidelines on Eligibility for SMART Adders

Projects seeking the Energy 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. Updated May 2020. 

Energy Storage Guideline 

Energy Storage Adder Calculator

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 energyextension@umass.edu. 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.

Application for an ASTGU Predetermination Letter

ASTGU Shading Analysis Tool 

Webinar explaining how to use Shading Analysis Tool

Definition of Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Guideline

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. Updated May 2020.

Definition of Brownfield Guideline

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. Updated April 2020. 

Land Use, Siting, and Project Segmentation Guideline

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. Updated May 2020. 

Low Income Generation Units Guideline

Low Income Community Shared and Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Units seeking to participate through a Municipal Aggregation or an Electric Distribution Company program can find additional requirements in the following Guideline.

Guideline Regarding Alternative Programs for Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Units and Low Income Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Units

Consumer Protection

DOER has created the following guideline to provide further information on the consumer protection requirements that must be provided by the Owner or Authorized Agent of SMART STGU to customers regarding costs and contract terms. It also details the auditing and enforcement processes DOER will conduct of SMART Statement of Qualification applications and applicants.

Guideline on SMART Consumer Protection

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. 

Alternative On-Bill Credit FAQ

Questions & Information

Contact DOER at:

DOER.SMART@mass.gov

Contact CLEAResult at:

MA.SMART@clearesult.com

Sign up for SMART Program Updates

DOER Email Lists

 

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:

BTM Sample SQ (Small)

BTM Sample SQ (Large)

Sample Standalone Statements of Qualification:

Standalone Sample SQ (Small)

Standalone Sample SQ (Large)

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