Today the Board approved a waiver of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program application requirement to provide an interconnection upgrade cost assessment per the Program Year 2 (PY2) Application Form. This waiver applies only to projects applying for PY2 that are proposed in PSE&G service territory and for which the hosting capacity map shows insufficient capacity available at the planned location. The Board instead requires that such applicants provide either a letter from PSE&G indicating that the hosting capacity map is incorrect at the proposed site location, or a letter explaining why the applicant believes that the proposed project is likely to be viable and feasible from an interconnection perspective. The applicant’s letter must include quantitative and qualitative assurances that the applicant has considered anticipated interconnection upgrade costs for the proposed project and is prepared to pay those upgrade costs if the project were to be selected by the Board. Where the hosting capacity map shows sufficient capacity available at the proposed PY2 site, applicants must provide a copy of the hosting capacity map as currently required in the PY2 Application Form. A copy of the Board’s Order details the requirements of this waiver and is available here.
The PY2 online application portal has not yet opened. Staff is actively working to implement this online application process and will keep stakeholders apprised of all updates to the portal via the Community Solar listserv. We will ensure that prospective applicants have sufficient time to input application requirements into the online portal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Thank you for your interest in the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, and please stay tuned for future updates.