Nishit S. Shrewsbury, MA

Update on the Massachusetts SMART Solar Program

January 10, 2019

You may have heard about the new solar incentive program known as SMART that was recently rolled out in Massachusetts. SMART stands for Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target program and is designed to support another 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity across the state in order to meet growing demand.

According to Mass Live online, the allocations, rolled out in 200-megawatt “capacity blocks,” are expected to go fast, and early applicants will benefit from higher incentive payments. A web portal run by the Department of Energy Resources opened in late November and will accept applications for the first round of fully-permitted, connection-ready projects, each with a top size of 5 megawatts.

In order to qualify for the program, applicants must file paperwork with the State Solar Program Administrator. Eligible projects will need to be interconnected to one of the three investor-owned utility companies in Massachusetts: Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. The tariff-based incentive will be paid directly by the utility company to the system owner, following the approval of the application by the Solar Program Administrator.

The program began in November 26th accepting applications. All applications received on or after midnight, December 1, 2018, will be reviewed and placed into Capacity Blocks on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in this program, it is not too late to add your application at the Department of Energy Resources Page. There you will find common questions, a full guide to the program, an application and further assistance if needed. As always, if you have questions about solar feel free to call our offices at 781-281-8130, or visit our website today.