New York PSC Shared Renewables Order Summary

Shared solar energy in the neighborhood

For those who want to diver deeper, here is a summary of the Shared Renewables portion of the New York Public Service Commission’s Order in Case 15-E-0082:

NY’s Shared Renewables Program (for the full Order, link here)


  • Will generally fall under the state’s current net metering policy, and as such will be:
    • Limited to 2 MW-AC in size
    • Located behind-the-meter of a non-residential account, including demand or non-demand
    • Produce credits at full retail rate, based upon the project’s rate classification
    • Will be provided flexibility as offered through remote net metering provisions
  • The project and its members must be located within the same NYISO load zone
  • Projects will be eligible to participate in NY-Sun programs


  • Must comprise a minimum of 10 members
  • Any individual members demanding greater than 25 kW may not constitute greater than 40% of the facility output in aggregate, with the exception of master-metered multi-unit buildings
  • Members can own or contract for their proportion in an amount that is at least 1,000 kWh annually and not more than their annual consumption
  • Members may transfer or relinquish their membership

Project Sponsors

  • Sponsors can be an ESCO, municipal entity, business, non-profit, LLC, partnership or other form of business or civic association
  • Responsible for building, interconnecting, owning and operating
  • Responsible for providing the utility with detailed information about members at least 60 days in advance of first billing, including the proportion of credits to be distributed to each member
  • Allowed to make modifications to membership with one month notice to utility
  • Offered flexibility to accumulate credits but must distribute within one year

Utility Responsibilities

  • Tracking of credits from shared renewable projects
  • Distribute shared renewable credits in accordance with Sponsor instructions
  • Responsible for providing uniform formats and procedures for
    • Members to consent to release customer-specific data
    • Submitting membership information
  • Directed to accept applications for shared renewables and traditional net metering above current net metering caps, until otherwise deliberating in conjunction with the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)

Program Implementation

  • Tariff filings
    • Within 45 days – utilities directed to file Community DG Opportunity Zones
    • Within 60 days – utilities file tariff leaves
    • Tariffs become effective October 19, 2015
  • Phase 1 – October 19, 2015 through April 30, 2016
    • Prioritization of projects that advance goals of REV and meet one of the two stipulations:
      • Located in a Community DG Opportunity Zones – Identified by utilities, presented through an interactive mapping platform and comprising at least 40% of a utility’s service territory
      • Low-income participation – Membership include at least 20% low-income customers, defined as a customer participating in an Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Program, or a utility-administered low-income discount program
  • Phase 2 – Beginning May 1, 2016
    • Entire utility service territory open to shared renewables projects
    • Phase 2 projects can file a preliminary interconnection application during Phase 1

The Low-Income Customer Collaborative

  • Collaborative with NYSERDA and low-income community organizers, utilities, and other interested stakeholders
  • Collaborative will create mechanisms to remove obstacles to participation and consider devising demonstration projects for maximum low-income participation
  • Will commence within 60 days and issue report by January 15, 2016
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