DOER Guidelines for ‘Solar Carve-out II’ Program
|The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has posted draft Guidelines relating to the Solar Carve-out II program to its website.
Construction Timeline Extension Guidelines
As provided in 225 CMR 14.05(9)(s)(4), a qualified Solar Carve-out II Renewable Generation Unit that is larger than 25 kW DC and cannot demonstrate that it is mechanically complete by January 8, 2017, can request a construction deadline extension to May 8, 2017. Extensions will be provided if a project can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Department that the project has expended at least 50% of its total construction costs by January 8, 2017.
The DOER has posted a draft Guideline clarifying the procedures and requirements for Solar Carve-Out II Renewable Generation Units that seek this extension. The Guideline includes an MS Excel Spreadsheet and Attestation Form to be completed and submitted to the DOER.
Revised SREC Factor Guideline
As provided in 225 CMR 14.05(9)(l)5, any Solar Carve-out II Renewable Generation Unit that has a nameplate capacity equal to or less than 25 kW and receives an authorization to interconnect after January 8, 2017, or that qualifies for an extension under 225 CMR 14.05(9)(s)4.a will receive a lower SREC Factor that shall be established in a revision to the SREC Factor Guideline on or before August 31, 2016.
The DOER has issued a draft revised SREC Factor Guideline that provides new SREC Factors for each SREC Market Sector. Under this revised Guideline, all projects that meet the criteria outlined in 225 CMR 14.05(9)(l)5 will receive an SREC Factor that is reduced by approximately 20% from current values. The proposed reduced SREC Factors are as follows:
The DOER invites comments on each of these draft Guidelines through August 22, 2016 at 5:00PM. Please send comments to DOER.SREC@state.ma.us with the subject line “SREC II Guideline Comments.”