MA DOER held a Solar Policy Stakeholder Meeting on June 7, 2013. At that meeting, DOER announced emergency regulations to address the oversupply of SREC applications. DOER also reviewed the proposed post-400 MW solar program policy design.
The following outlines the emergency regulations discussed at the meeting.
The emergency regulations are divided into two categories: Projects over 100kw and Projects 100kw and less
If a project did not receive a Statement of Qualification from DOER by June 7, 2013, there are still two ways to qualify for the first 400MW Solar Carve-Out Program.
1.) If DOER has deemed the project administratively complete and it is within the 400MW cap.
2.) If a project is not in the 400MW cap but received an Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) on or before June 7, 2013, then a Statement of Qualification Application (SQA) needs to be submitted to DOER along with the ISA no later than one week of the effective date of the emergency regulations. Knollwood Energy will submit the required documentation on behalf of the customer.
To receive a Statement of Qualification, all projects MUST receive the Authority to Interconnect on or before December 31, 2013. DOER will grant an extension if the project has expended at least 50% of the total construction cost by December 31, 2013. If an extension is granted, it MUST be interconnected by March 31, 2014 unless the delay is solely caused by the utility.
If the above guidelines are not met, a project is not eligible for the first Solar Carve-Out Program.
Projects <= 100kw
All projects that are equal to or less than 100kw will continue to be qualified for the first 400MW Solar Carve-Out Program. The Authority to Interconnect must be granted prior to the first day of the post-400MW program. This is expected to be on or after January 1, 2014. Knollwood Energy will submit the necessary documentation to DOER within the required timeframe.
Assisting our Installer Partners
Knollwood Energy has submitted a Statement of Qualification for all projects that we received by June 7th, including those that have not interconnected yet. Please contact Alane Lakritz immediately if you are aware of a project that is over 100kw, received the Interconnect Service Agreement by June 7th, and has not submitted an SQA to DOER. We will submit the required documentation to DOER.
Please note, the emergency regulations proposed by DOER on June 7th and reviewed above are not finalized. There can be additional criteria included in the final regulation which is expected to be finalized within three weeks.
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