As reported by the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER), in response to receiving applications for certification under the Commonwealth’s Solar CarveOut SREC II program in excess of the allowed amount under the cap, DOER filed an emergency regulation with the Secretary of State’s office on Friday, April 8, 2016 designed to address market uncertainty and establish a smooth transition from SREC II to the next incentive program.
The emergency regulation contains the following key provisions:
- Extends eligibility to all projects >25 kW constructed within nine months of the effective date of the emergency regulation
- Extends eligibility to all projects <=25 kW interconnected by start of the next program
- Provides compliance exemption to retail electricity suppliers for load under existing contracts signed within 30 days of the effective date of the regulation
- Ensures SREC II program will end in 2027 at the latest
- Other minor language changes to ensure consistency
Effective immediately, the emergency regulation will ensure that all projects >25 kW DC that have existing Assurances of Qualification or that have submitted applications will be granted Statements of Qualification dated April 8, 2016. The retention of all Statements of Qualification granted will be dependent on projects demonstrating to DOER that they have been authorized to interconnect or have been constructed by January 8, 2017.
All applications for projects <=25 kW DC that are not yet interconnected will be returned to applicants the week of April 11, 2016. Applicants who resubmit applications with utility authorization to interconnect prior to the start date of the next incentive program will be qualified under the SREC II program.