Development of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

The Massachusetts 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

General Information

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.

Energy Storage Guideline and SQA Guideline Drafts Updated

In April, DOER posted the final versions of the SMART Program Guidelines, with the exception of the Energy Storage Guideline. To help facilitate a conversation around ongoing questions regarding the interconnection and operational requirements of energy storage paired with photovoltaics, DOER hosted a one day stakeholder event on April 13, 2018. Following that meeting, DOER has made amendments to the Energy Storage Guideline.

Additionally, DOER has made further amendments to the Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline to clarify the qualification of Solar Tariff Generation Units seeking the Community Shared Storage Adder.

Energy Storage Guideline

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline

DOER will be accepting public comments on the Energy Storage Guideline and the revised Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline through Friday, July 27, 2018. Written comments should be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

Updated Program Guidelines and Materials

The final Customer Disclosure forms are now available:

Community Solar Customer Disclosure Form

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Third-party owned)

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Direct Ownership)

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.

The final SMART Guidelines are now available:

Definition of Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Guideline

Definition of Brownfield Guideline

Land Use and Siting Guideline

Low Income Generation Units Guideline

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline

DOER has also updated the presentation covering details related to program design and implementation. This presentation reflects changes and updates made since the January 31, 2017 stakeholder presentation that was previously available.

SMART Program Overview Presentation

Lastly, 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.

BTM Value of Energy Workbook

SMART Storage Working Group

DOER hosted a guided discussion to clarify issues related to the integration of solar + storage facilities in the SMART program. You can view the webinar from the April 13, 2018 meeting below.

SMART Storage Working Group

A copy of the presentations can be found below:

SMART Storage Working Group Presentations

 

SMART Customer Disclosure Forms Released for Public Comment

On March 12, 2018, DOER released three customer disclosure forms for public comment. The forms are required for all systems 25 kW and less applying to the SMART program, and for all customers participating in a Community Shared Solar project. 

Community Solar Customer Disclosure Form

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Third-party owned)

Small System Customer Disclosure Form (Direct Ownership)

Public Comments Received

SMART Guidelines Released for Public Comment

On January 22, 2018, DOER released six Guidelines that clarify rules, procedures, and processes under the SMART program pursuant to 225 CMR 20.00. These Guidelines include:

Definition of Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Guideline

Definition of Brownfield Guideline

Energy Storage Adder Guideline

Land Use and Siting Guideline

Low Income Generation Units Guideline

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline

Public comments received on the Guidelines can be found below:

SMART Guideline Public Comments

 

DPU Notice of Filing and Request for Comment

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)

Additional Resources for General Information

Historical Development of the SMART Program

DOER Files Final Regulation with the Secretary of State

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 

RFP for Solar Program Administrator

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 

SMART Public Hearings and Public Comments

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.

Public Comments 

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 

SMART Regulations Filed

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 

 

Next Solar Incentive Final Proposal

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

Next Solar Incentive Straw Proposal

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.

Post 1600 MW Solar Incentive Program Report

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

Stakeholder Listening Sessions

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

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