Solar Photovoltaics

Community Renewable Energy Program

On June 8th, 2015, the Governor of the State of Hawaii approved Act 100 of Senate Bill 1050 Relating to Energy. This act establishes the Hawaii community-based renewable energy (CBRE) program. Its purpose is to "promote broader participation in self-generation by Hawaii residents and businesses through the development of CBRE facilities."

The bill first established the steps necessary for electric utilities to implement a CBRE tariff, as well as the steps necessary to receive approval, provided by the public utilities commission (PUC). In July of 2018, phase I of the electric utility tariff was approved for Hawaiian Electric Industries, representing

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North Carolina Community Solar

Community Solar in NC is governed by House Bill 589 Session Law 2017-192. Each offering utility must file a plan with the Commission to offer a community solar energy facility program for participation by its retail customers. Each community solar faciity must have at least five subscribers and no single subscriber has more than a forty percent (40%) interest. Duke Progress and Duke Energy must make this available on a first-come first-served basis until the total nameplate generation of its community solar facilities is at least 40MW.

Community solar energy facility projects may have a nameplate capacity of no more

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Delaware - Community Solar Rules

On September 17th, 2021, the Governor of the State of Delaware signed into law Senate Bill 2, which amended the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act and the Electric Utility Restructuring Act of 1999 to accelarate the adoption of community-owned solar photovoltaic systems in Delaware and to establish a process relating to community-owned energy generating facilities (CEFS).

Below are some of the key features of this program.

  1. The community-owned energy generating facility shall not have subscriptions larger than 200 kilowatts constituting more than 60% of its capacity.
  2. A community-owned energy generating facility shall not exceed a capacity of 4 megawatts.
  3. The
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New Jersey Community Solar Rules - Remote Net Metering

New Jersey's community solar program is governed by the Solar Act of 2021 (L. 2021, c. 169) which established a new Successor Solar Incentive Program, also known as the “SuSI Program”. The SuSI Program implements the Clean Energy Act of 2018 (L. 2018, c.17) and the Solar Act of 2021 (L. 2021, c. 169). The SuSI Program provides incentives to eligible solar facilities to enable the continued efficient and orderly development of solar renewable energy generating sources throughout the state.

The program provides one New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate-II (NJ SREC–II) for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of solar electricity produced

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Connecticut Community Solar - Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facility (SCEF) Program

Residents or businesses can choose to invest in, or lease, a renewable energy system installation on the rooftops of their homes or businesses, or on their properties. However, some Connecticut residents and businesses are either not able to, or elect not to, invest in or lease an individual property installation for a variety of reasons (e.g., high installation costs, unsuitable rooftop orientation, shaded property, or because they rent instead of own their properties). Subscription to a shared clean energy facility (SCEF) provides an option that can be used to overcome such barriers, thereby expanding access to renewable energy to more

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Oregon Community Solar Program

The Oregon Community Solar Program was first introduced through Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 860-088. This rule's creation was directed under 2016 Senate Bill 1547, with administrative authority being given to the Public Utility Commission. Community Solar Programs may only be approved if ownership is demonstrated for 50 percent or more of project nameplate capacity. Additionally, community solar programs must have a subscription minimum of 5 persons and not exceed 3 megawatts in nameplate capacity. Projects must be located in the Oregon service territory of an electric utility, with at least 10 percent of the project generating capacity allocated exclusively to

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Maine Community Solar

Community Solar in the state of Maine is governed by by P.L. 2019 c. 478, P.L. 2021 c.390, and Chapter 313 of the Public Utility Commissions (PUC) rules. These rules govern the state's Net Energy Billing (NEB) Policy. Under NEB there are two programs which customers can participate in "Community" or shared renewable projects, a kWh credit program, which is available to all electric utility customers, and a tariff rate program, which is available to non-residential customers.

The kWh program allows customers to choose to participate in a larger project on a “shared” basis with other customers. These

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Community Renewable Energy Amendment Act

D.C. Act 20-196, enacted on December 13th 2013, established a community renewable energy program in the District of Columbia. This program sets a production capacity of 5MW on all systems, along with a minimum of two (2) subscribers. Community renewable energy facilities (CREF) may offset no more than 120% of the subscriber's electricity consumption over the prior 12 months. All individual billing meters must be within the District of Columbia. Credit rates will be applied to customer's each billing month, and will be allocated by multiplying the quantity of kilowatt hours allocated to each subscriber by the subscriber's CREF credit

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Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions

The Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions (NRES) Program is a successor program to the Low Emission Renewable Energy Credit and Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit (LREC/ZREC) and Virtual Net Metering (VNM) programs with the objectives to foster the sustained, orderly development of the state’s Class I renewable energy industry and to encourage the participation by customers in under served and environmental justice communities, among others. The program is authorized to run for six (6) years and to select up to sixty (60) MW of clean energy annually.

This is a six-year program that combines the state's previous Net Metering program and

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Community Solar Program

S.B. 84, enacted in April 2021, established a community solar program in New Mexico. Community solar facilities can generate up to 5MW of alternating current and must have at least 10 subscribers. A single subscriber can purchase no more than 40% of the electricity from a system, and at least 40% of each system's electricity must be reserved for smaller subscriptions of 25kW or less. Native community solar projects are exempt from these requirements. In addition,  30% of a system's electricity must be reserved for low-income subscribers.

Through April 2024, there are 200 MW available, split between the three major

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