Posts Tagged ‘SREC II’

DOER Files SMART Program Emergency Regulation

Posted June 5th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On Monday, June 5th, the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed an emergency regulation to implement the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program. The regulation is directed toward supporting the development of an additional 1,600 MW of solar energy generating facilities via a declining block program.

Although the emergency regulation takes effect immediately, it can only remain in effect for three months. The emergency regulation is a placeholder, pending a full rulemaking proceeding conducted by DOER, at which time the final program rules will be established. Following the conclusion of the DOER’s rulemaking process, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will need to conduct a proceeding for the DPU’s approval of the tariffs filed by the Electric Distribution Companies. Only after this rulemaking and proceeding take place will the SMART program be in effect. Accordingly, the SREC-II program remains in effect for all eligible solar facilities.

As a result of this implementation schedule, it is expected that solar facilities will be eligible to qualify for the SREC-II program through the end of Quarter 1, 2018.

For more information on the SMART program, please feel free to reference our last blog post on the topic here. The DOER’s official notice regarding this emergency regulation is available here.

DOER Announces Final SREC-II Factor Guidelines

Posted March 27th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On Thursday, March 23rd the DOER provided an update on the finalized SREC-II program SREC Factors for projects over 25 kW that have not previously qualified for an SREC-II extension.

All SREC-II facilities that have a Statement of Qualification (SQA), but have not yet received an extension, will have their SQAs rejected. New applications may be submitted for these facilities, however, to seek an extension under these new guidelines. Any extension granted will be effective until March 31, 2018 at the following factors:

new-market-factors

Please note that SREC-II systems with a capacity equal to or less than 25 kW will still receive an SREC Factor of 0.8, so long as they receive their authorization to interconnect before the effective date of the SMART program.

Facilities eligible for the extension are those that have not already received either a mechanically complete or 50% construction cost extension; facilities that can demonstrate that they are mechanically complete or commercially operational by March 31, 2018 will receive their respective SREC Factor listed above.

DOER Announces Status of Next Generation Incentive Program and SREC-II Bridge

Posted January 24th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

This morning, the DOER provided an update on both the Next Generation Incentive Program and the transition between SREC-II and the new program.

Next Generation Incentive Program

The DOER  will present the final proposal for the design of the Next Generation Incentive Program at a public briefing on January 31, 2017. Per the DOER’s update, the “proposal will be used by DOER as the framework for the regulation to implement the program, which DOER plans to file in the coming weeks.”

SREC-II Transition

Due to the expected timeframe for the implementation of the Next Generation Incentive Program, the DOER is in the process of implementing interim measures to bridge the gap and ensure a smooth transition between SREC-II and the new program. The DOER will provide additional details regarding these interim measures in the January 31st meeting.

Information for the meeting is as follows:

Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 1:00-4:00PM
Location: Federal Reserve Building
Morris Auditorium
600 Atlantic Avenue

Boston, MA 02210

The Federal Reserve Building requires a list of all attendees in advance of the meeting. If you plan to attend the meeting, the DOER requests that you please fill out this form to RSVP by 5:00PM this Friday, January 27, 2017.

MA SREC-II Extension Webinar

Posted December 13th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted a webinar covering the current state of the Massachusetts SREC-II program, key deadlines for qualifying systems under SREC-II, and SRECTrade application processes.

The application window is currently open for all MA systems, regardless of size, although qualification deadlines are approaching. Please feel free to reference SREC-II Extension Application Instructions HERE.

For access to the presentation slides, please click here: MA SREC-II Extension Webinar. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

This document and recording is protected by copyright laws and contains material proprietary to SRECTrade, Inc. It or any components may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, displayed, broadcast or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of SRECTrade, Inc. The receipt or possession of this document does not convey any rights to reproduce, disclose, or distribute its contents, or to manufacture, use, or sell anything that it may describe, in whole or in part. If consent to use these materials is granted, a link to the current version of this document on the SRECTrade website must be included for reference.

MA SREC-II Installer Webinar

Posted December 12th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade will be hosting a webinar this Tuesday, December 13th, at 2:00 PM EST. The webinar will cover the current state of the Massachusetts SREC-II program, key deadlines for qualifying systems under SREC-II, and SRECTrade application processes to consider as the program’s close approaches.

To attend the webinar click HERE to register. A recording will be made available on SRECTrade’s blog for those unable to attend.

MA DOER Announces Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction Results

Posted July 29th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that both of the 2015 Solar Carve-out (SREC-I) and Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II) auctions have fully cleared in the first round.

Preliminary results for the SREC-I auction included 41 unique bidders submitting a total bid volume of 49,886 – more than sufficient demand to clear the available auction volume of 1,898 SRECs. Similarly, the results for the SREC-II auction included 9 unique bidders submitting a total bid volume of 112,252, which cleared the available auction volume of 67,046 SREC-IIs.

SCCA Auction Results3

The DOER and EnerNOC continue to certify and finalize the auction results, and will publicize more details on the final results on the SREC-I and SREC-II auction webpages next week.

MA DOER Announces Preliminary 2017 Compliance Obligation

Posted July 25th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

Friday, July 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the preliminary 2017 Solar Carve-out (SREC-I) and Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II) Compliance Obligations and Minimum Standards. Customarily, the DOER estimates these values prior to administering the Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction each year. The final 2017 Minimum Standards will be announced on or before August 30th, after both the SREC-I and SREC-II Auctions have concluded.

Solar Carve-out (SREC-I)

Notably, the DOER projects that the final 2017 Compliance Obligation for the SREC-I program will be approximately 783,181 MWhs and that the Minimum Standard will be approximately 1.6313%. These values will be increased to 785,077 MWhs and 1.6352%, respectively, if the SREC-I auction does not fully clear in the first two rounds. The 2017 Minimum Standard for load under contracts signed before June 28, 2013 will be 0.9861%.

The DOER published a resource outlining its calculation of the preliminary SREC-I Minimum Standard.

Preliminary 2017 Compliance Obligation SREC-I Table

Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II)

Regarding the SREC-II Program, the DOER established a baseline Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard that would have applied to Retail Electricity Suppliers had the RPS Class I Emergency Regulation not been filed on April 8, 2016; these suppliers are exempt from any additional obligations resulting from the expansion of the SREC-II Program Capacity Cap.

To calculate this baseline Minimum Standard, the DOER first determined the expected MWh/year that would have resulted had the SREC-II Program Capacity Cap remained 947 MW by:

  1. Identifying the percentage shares of MW currently qualified under each SREC-II Market Sector;
  2. Multiplying these percentages by the original 947 MW SREC-II Program Capacity Cap;
  3. Multiplying these totals by (1) their respective SREC Factors, (2) a 13.51% expected capacity factor, and (3) 8,760 hours/year.

The DOER then summed these values and combined the auction volume and banked SREC-II volume from the 2015 Compliance Filings, resulting in a baseline Compliance Obligation of 1,102,311 MWhs and a Minimum Standard of 2.2960%. These values will be increased to 1,169,357 MWhs and 2.4357%, respectively, if the SREC-II auction does not fully clear in the first two rounds.

Preliminary 2017 Compliance Obligation SREC-II Table 2

Additionally, the DOER calculated the preliminary 2017 SREC-II Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for load under contracts signed after May 8, 2016 – 1,496,188 MWhs and 3.1164%, respectively. These values will be increased to 1,563,234 MWhs and 3.2561% if the SREC-II auction does not fully clear in the first two rounds.

Preliminary 2017 Compliance Obligation SREC-II Table

The DOER also published a resource outlining its calculation of the preliminary SREC-II Minimum Standard.

Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auctions

The first rounds of the SREC-I and SREC-II Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auctions are scheduled for July 29, 2016. A second and third round will be held as needed the following week should these auctions not fully clear.

The DOER has also provided slight updates to the volumes of SRECs available in the Auctions: 1,896 in SREC-I and 67,046 in SREC-II.

SRECTrade will continue to monitor the proceedings of the Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auctions and will report the outcomes of the Auctions once the results become readily available.

Massachusetts SREC-II Emergency Regulation Filed: April 8, 2016

Posted April 11th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

On Friday, April 8, 2016 (the effective date), the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) announced it filed emergency regulation with the Secretary of State’s office. The regulation was submitted to address the current uncertainty in the solar industry and facilitate a smooth transition from SREC-II to the next incentive program. Although this emergency regulation is effective immediately, it can only remain in effect for 90 days pending a full DOER rule-making proceeding. Information on next steps in the emergency regulation process is still forthcoming, including public hearings and public comment submission deadlines.

Notably, the emergency regulation implements the following:

  • Extends SREC-II eligibility to all systems greater than 25 kW constructed by January 8, 2017; 9 months from the effective date
  • Extends SREC-II eligibility to all systems less than or equal to 25 kW interconnected by the start of the next incentive program
  • Implements compliance exemption for all electricity supply contracts signed within 30 days of the effective date
  • Ensures SREC-II will run through 2027

In regard to systems greater than 25 kW, the emergency regulation grants Statements of Qualification dated April 8, 2016, to all systems that have an existing Assurance of Qualification or that have submitted an application. The retention of granted Statements of Qualification is dependent on systems demonstrating (1) authorization to interconnect or (2) proof of construction to the DOER by January 8, 2017.

Reiterating the note above, in regard to systems less than or equal to 25 kW, all applications that demonstrate authorization to interconnect by the start of the next incentive program will be qualified under the SREC-II program.

In close, the DOER noted that development of the Commonwealth’s next solar energy incentive program is underway. Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC (SEA) has been engaged to assist in conducting analysis in evaluation of the next program. Additionally, the DOER will work with market participants to solicit feedback as the program is designed and implemented.

SRECTrade will continue to monitor the status of the emergency regulation and provide updates regarding the future of Massachusetts’s next solar incentive program. We look forward to watching the state continue to structure competitive market based solutions, similar to those previously utilized, to continue its position as a national leader of deploying distributed solar technologies.

Massachusetts Market Update Webinar – August 21st at 2 pm ET

Posted August 14th, 2014 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade will host a webinar on Thursday, August 21st at 2 pm ET to review the Massachusetts SREC market.

The last several months in Massachusetts have been dynamic. The Massachusetts SREC-II program started on April 25, 2014. Also, sweeping legislation was proposed that would have fundamentally changed the Massachusetts solar  industry.

Items to be covered in Thursday’s webinar:

  • SREC-I and SREC-II market pricing and supply
  • The 3rd round successful outcome of the MA2013 SREC-I Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auction
  • Overview of the rise and fall of H.4185 (An act relative to net metering)
  • Next steps for net metering (and SREC policy) development in Massachusetts

Register for the webinar here.

Massachusetts SREC-II Launches, Official Filing Posted

Posted April 30th, 2014 by SRECTrade.

The Massachusetts SREC-II program officially launched on Friday, April 25th. The official filing can be  found here and program guidelines are here. However, the application window for the new program does not open until May 6th. Any applications submitted to SRECTrade prior to May 6th will be processed with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) starting on May 6th.

Once a facility receives a Permission to Operate (PTO) from its interconnecting utility, SREC-II applications should be submitted using SRECTrade’s online application. Applicants may also apply for an Assurance of Qualification from the DOER provided that the application meets certain criteria outlined in the “How to apply in the Assurance of Qualification with SRECTrade” section below. The DOER’s official guidelines for Assurance of Qualification are here.

Key highlights of the MA SREC-II program

  1. MA SREC-II system owners can actively market offers to sell SRECs. Contact us directly to help facilitate any orders.
  2. The total capacity of the SREC-II program will be determined after the final SREC-I capacity is announced; by July 31, 2014 (i.e., 1,600 MW less Total SREC-I qualified capacity)
  3. Facilities are separated by Market Sectors based upon facility type, size and other characteristics. See below.
  4. Market Sector eligibility determines the ratio of SRECs issued relative to power produced. See below.
  5. Facilities greater than 650 kW DC in capacity, that are not eligible for other Market Sectors, fall under the Managed Growth sector.
  6. Unlike other Market Sectors, the Managed Growth sector is capped year over year. The 2014 capacity limit is 26 MW. The 2015 capacity limit is 80 MW.
  7. Facilities are eligible to apply for an Assurance of Qualification (i.e., a place in the SREC-II program assuming other future criteria are met) without first obtaining a Permission to Operate (PTO). This is most relevant for systems that fall under Managed Growth.
  8. Given the limited capacity of the Managed Growth sector, we recommend that impacted facilities apply for an Assurance of Qualification. It is expected that this capacity will be filled quickly.

Click here for a PDF of slides (complete with program definitions) and here for a link to a recording of our webinar covering the launch of SREC-II. Below is the summary of the various SREC-II Market Sectors:

Market Sectors and Factors

How to Apply for an Assurance of Qualification with SRECTrade

You may apply for an Assurance of Qualification using SRECTrade’s online application starting Tuesday, May 6th. If you would like to submit the Assurance of Qualification documentation prior to May 6th, please contact us directly.

What’s Required to Submit an Assurance of Qualification?

Assurance of Qualification applications require the same information needed for a Statement of Qualification application. Additionally, the information detailed below is also required and must be uploaded to SRECTrade’s online application form.

  1. An executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA), as tendered by the distribution company;
  2. Adequate site control (a sufficient interest in real estate or other contractual right to construct the Unit at the location specified in the Interconnection Service Agreement); and
  3. All necessary governmental permits and approvals to construct the Unit with the exception of ministerial permits, such as a building permit, and notwithstanding any pending legal challenge(s) to one or more permits or approvals.

Please note, SREC-II Assurance of Qualifications will be filled based on date of application submission. The ISA date of execution will serve as a tie breaker for applications submitted on the same day, and if the ISA date is the same for multiple applicants, the DOER will utilize a lottery process to determine the queuing position of the Assurance of Qualification application. Additionally, the DOER has provided preliminary guidance that the first week of Assurance of Qualification submissions will be treated as if they were submitted on the same day. For example, date of submission from May 6th through May 13th, will not be used to determine receipt of Assurance of Qualification. Rather, the ISA will be the first determining factor.

Also, the DOER has been recommending that projects outside of the Managed Growth category do not need to submit an application for Assurance of Qualification. There will be plenty of room under the SREC-II cap and it is not necessary during the initial stage of the program. Lastly, smaller residential and commercial projects (i.e., 25 kW and less) will likely be provided room under a future provision as the program gets close to meeting its cap.

For applications related questions

Allyson Umberger
Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel
allyson.umberger@srectrade.com
(415) 763-7790

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Alex Sheets
Director of Environmental Markets
alex.sheets@srectrade.com
(802) 989-2617

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Director of Business Development
sam.rust@srectrade.com
(415) 729-3546

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Chief Executive Officer
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Associate, Environmental Markets
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