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The electric companies may construct, own, and operate solar generation facilities. G.L. c. 164, §1A(f). Each electric company may own up to 35 megawatts (MW) of solar facilities, as long as:
An electric company may recover the costs associated with constructing, owning, and operating its solar facility if the DPU pre-approves these costs. To pre-approve cost recovery, the DPU must determine that:
G.L. c. 164, § 1A(f) was added by the Green Communities Act of 2008. St. 2008, c. 169, § 58. The Legislature amended Section 1A(f) several times:
Initially, each electric company could not have more than 25 MWs. That is now not more than 35 MWs.
Originally, there was no date by which an electric company needed to seek DPU pre-approval for the proposed solar generation facilities. Now, an electric company must seek DPU pre-approval for solar generation facilities by December 31, 2016.
Initially, there was no date by which an electric company needed to construct the solar generation facilities after receiving DPU pre-approval. Now, the electric companies must construct the pre-approved facilities by December 31, 2019.
The cases referenced under “approval to construct, own, and operate solar facility filings” discuss the various amendments to Section 1A(f).
To view all document filings related to the approval of the solar facilities owned by the electric companies, visit the file room and type the case number using the following format: XX-XX (numbers only).
The first two digits in a case number represent the year the case was opened. The following digits are assigned sequentially for all cases opened in that year.
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