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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016 signed into law by Governor Baker on April 11, 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth and this page is designed to provide an overview of past and planned public meetings, relevant documents, presentations, and reports related to the new program.
This page provides the latest information regarding the process of developing the next solar incentive program. More information will be provided on this page as the process unfolds.
On September 12, 2017,the electric distribution companies filed a Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target tariff with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to implement An Act Relative to Solar Energy. The DPU has docketed this petition as D.P.U. 17-140. Details regarding the docket can be found in the Notice of Filing and Request for Comment (see document below)
On August 11, 2017 DOER filed its proposed final version of the 225 CMR 20.00 Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program regulation with the Secretary of State’s Office. The final version can be found in the State Register.
225 CMR 20.00- SMART Program final regulations
On July 18, 2017, the electric distribution companies issued an RFP for the Solar Program Administrator responsible for the SMART program. Interested bidders must be registered within the Eversource “SAP Ariba Sourcing” purchasing system. Please contact Eversource by July 28, 2017 to register, view the RFP and submit a bid. You can view a copy of the RFP below:
RFP for SMART Solar Program Administrator
DOER held three public hearings on the SMART Regulations on July 10-11, 2017. Audio files of those hearings can be found below, as well as all public comment received.
Audio - Public Hearing 1 at Westfield State University 7/10/2017
Audio - Public Hearing 2 at Worcester State University 7/10/2017
Audio - Public Hearing 3 at MassART 7/11/2017
On Monday, June 5, 2017, DOER filed 225 CMR 20.00, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, with the Secretary of the Commonwealth as an emergency regulation. DOER will separately announce the timing of public hearings and the written public comment deadline in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the following copies of the regulation and accompanying guidelines are available for stakeholder review:
225 CMR 20.00 – SMART Program Emergency Regulation
Energy Storage Guideline
Low Income Guideline
SQ Reservation Period Guideline
On January 31, 2017, DOER presented the final program design to stakeholders at the Federal Reserve Building in Boston. A copy of the presentation is found below.
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program
January 31, 2017 Meeting
On September 23, 2016, DOER presented its vision for the next generation of solar incentives to the public. The meeting took place at the Federal Reserve Building. Over the next couple of months, DOER will continue to engage with stakeholders in working towards the final design of the program. A copy of the presentation can be found below, as well as a link to an audio recording of the meeting.
Next Generation Incentive Straw Proposal
Solar Land Use Guidance and Information
September 23, 2016 Meeting
Next Solar Incentive Straw Proposal Public Comments
To stay up to date on the development of this program, please sign up for our Solar PV Contact email list, by filling out the form found through this page.
In February 2016, DOER selected Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC to complete an analysis of revenue requirements for solar projects, as well as a comparative evaluation of various types of incentive programs. The results of that analysis can be found in the report below:
Developing a Post-1600 MW Solar Incentive Program Report
Effective Incentive Requirement Results
Revenue Requirement Results
As the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth.
With this effort, DOER conducted two public listening sessions to receive verbal and written comments on the development of the next solar incentive. The public comments received through June 30, 2016 can be viewed in the file below.
Post 1600 MW Solar Program Development Comments