PENNSYLVANIA SOLAR PROJECTS
§ 69.2901. Purpose.
(a) Beginning in 2004, the General Assembly enacted, and the Governor signed, a series of legislation promoting the development of renewable energy in this Commonwealth generally, and solar alternative energy specifically. In 2004, the AEPS Act established a requirement that the power purchased for customers in this Commonwealth by EDCs and EGSs must include a component of solar photovoltaic electricity from solar alternative energy sources or solar alternative energy credits, known in the industry as SRECs. Under the AEPS Act, an SREC is referred to as a solar alternative energy credit, or solar Alternative Energy Credit (AEC). An AEC is earned when 1 megawatt hour of electricity is generated from an approved alternative energy source. In 2007, the AEPS Act was amended and, among other provisions, solar thermal energy was added to the definition of Tier I alternative energy sources. The Commission is responsible for ensuring compliance with the AEPS Act.
(b) In 2008, the Alternative Energy Investment Act (AEI Act) (73 P. S. § § 1649.1011649.711) was signed into law, providing, among other things, funding through the Department of Environmental Protection for small-scale solar projects in owner-occupied dwellings and small businesses. Additional funds for large-scale solar projects were made available by the AEI Act through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
(c) These acts establish a clear policy to promote the construction of small- and large-scale solar projects in this Commonwealth. Even though that policy has been clearly articulated, the Commission is concerned that barriers still exist that prevent new solar projects from becoming a reality in this Commonwealth. EDCs in this Commonwealth, their customers and those interested in developing solar projects of any size are impeded in their economic analysis of those projects by the uncertainty of a price to assign the SRECs that would be generated by small- or large-scale solar projects. This section and § § 69.290269.2904 (relating to definitions; RFPs to establish SREC values recoverable as a reasonable expense; and contracts for the purchase of SRECs by EDCs) outline a process by which entry barriers can be overcome.
The provisions of this § 69.2901 adopted October 22, 2010, effective October 23, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 6157.
This section cited in 52 Pa. Code § 69.2902 (relating to definitions).
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