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Programs for Small Solar, Community and Other Renewable Energy Projects

BACKGROUND

In 2019, the Maine Legislature passed legislation to encourage the development of solar and other small renewable energy projects in the State.  Programs are available that provide opportunities for both residential and non-residential customers to participate in these projects, including ones that allow customers to share the costs and benefits of small solar or other types of renewable energy, sometimes referred to as “Community” projects.

There are two programs available for small solar and other renewable energy projects: Net Energy Billing (NEB) and Distributed Generation (DG).  Within each program, there are structured opportunities for both residential and non-residential customers.

Net Energy Billing Programs:

  • NEB Kilowatt-Hour Credit program -- Available to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Customers may choose to have their own project or to share in a project with other customers.  Provides kWh credits on participating customers’ electricity bills. 
  • NEB Tariff Rate program -- Available to non-residential customers.  Customers may choose to have their own project or to share in a project with other customers.  Provides dollar credits on participating customers’ electricity bills. 

For more information on NEB programs, click here.

Distributed Generation Programs:
The PUC will procure energy and related products from small renewable energy project in a series of five procurement rounds.  The Procurement Announcement for Round 1 was issued on February 28, 2020. Addendum 1 to the Procurement Announcement was issued on April 2, 2020. 

  • Shared ProjectsTargeted amount to be procured is 250 MW.  Available to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.  Customers may participate in a shared project by “subscribing” to a portion of the project.  There are minimum subscription requirements, including requirements related to individual subscription sizes and participation by low and moderate income customers.  Provides dollar credits on participating customers’ electricity bills.
  • Commercial and Institutional Projects-- Targeted amount to be procured is 125 MW. Available to non-residential customers.  Customers each have their own project. Provides dollar credits on participating customers’ electricity bills.

For more information on DG programs, click here.

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