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.
Land Use, Siting, and Project Segmentation Guideline - Clarification on exceptions to project segmentation and evaluating important agricultural farmland.
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.
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 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.
Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline- Clarification to the extension request processes.
Guideline on Establishing SMART Compensation Rates- Modifications to the process for combining rates on two or more STGUs.
Guideline Regarding Low Income Generation Units- Clarification on maintaining eligibility for Low Income Solar Tariff Generation Units.
DOER accepted written comments on these guidelines until Friday, March 5, 2021. Comments received by DOER can be found below.