Massachusetts SMART Solar Program Opens

On November 26, 2018 the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program opened for applications.

SMART is a new renewable incentive program established to support development of 1600 MW of new solar projects in Massachusetts. The program provides renewable energy project owners with a tariff based incentive that is paid directly by the utility company to the project owner, plus additional location- and customer-based incentives.

To qualify for the program you must file an application 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. Each utility has established capacity blocks that decline in incentives with each block. The blocks are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The initial application period opened on November 26 and will continue through November 30, 2018. All applications received before midnight November 30, 2018 will be considered to have been received at the same time for the purposes of placement into the declining Capacity Blocks. All applications received on or after December 1, 2018 will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here for information about this program from DOER. If you have any questions or need assistance with qualifying for the SMART program, please contact Merrill Kramer, Jim Avery, or Liam Paskvan.