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Draft SMART Guidelines

The most up-to-date information on the development of the SMART Guidelines.

September 2021

On September 22, 2021 DOER released a set of revised guidelines for public comment. Please note that these guidelines are effective immediately. The draft guidelines and a summary of the proposed changes are:

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline- Clarification to public entity adder and storage addendums requesting extension for good cause.

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline - Redline

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline - Clean

Land Use, Siting, and Project Segmentation Guideline Clarification on exceptions to project segmentation and evaluating important agricultural farmland. 

Land Use, Siting, and Project Segmentation Guideline - Redline

Land Use, Siting, and Project Segmentation Guideline - Clean

DOER is accepting written comments on these guidelines until Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Written comments should be submitted to DOER.SMART@mass.gov with “SMART Guideline Comments” 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 Gina Bellato. Please be advised that there may be delays in receiving written comments via the mail. 

February 2021

On February 12, 2021 DOER released a set of revised guidelines for public comment. The draft guidelines and a summary of the proposed changes are:

Guideline Regarding Alternative Programs for Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Units and Low Income Community Shared Solar Tariff Generation Units- Further information about necessary steps to participate as a CSS/LICSS project through a municipal aggregation or a utility offered program.

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

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

Guideline on Energy Storage- Proposal to compensate standalone DC-coupled solar with energy storage projects for their round-trip efficiency losses and clarification on energy storage compliance requirements.

Guideline on Energy Storage - Redline

Guideline on Energy Storage - Clean

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline- Clarification to the extension request processes.

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline - Redline

Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline - Clean

Guideline on Establishing SMART Compensation Rates- Modifications to the process for combining rates on two or more STGUs.

Guideline on Establishing SMART Compensation Rates - Redline

Guideline on Establishing SMART Compensation Rates - Clean

Guideline Regarding Low Income Generation Units- Clarification on maintaining eligibility for Low Income Solar Tariff Generation Units.

Guideline Regarding Low Income Generation Units - Redline

Guideline Regarding Low Income Generation Units - Clean

DOER accepted written comments on these guidelines until Friday, March 5, 2021. Comments received by DOER can be found below. 

Stakeholder Comments on Draft SMART Guidelines

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