NH Senate Bill 270 Low to Moderate Income Community Solar Program

Implementation of Senate Bill 270 (SB 270) 2022: An Act Establishing a Low-Moderate-Income (LMI) Community Solar Program

Senate Bill 270 (2022)

Senate Bill 270 (SB 270) (2022) was enacted on July 8, 2022 and becomes effective on September 6, 2022. Among other things, this bill:  

  • Establishes an opportunity for certain additional LMI electric customers to participate in designated community solar projects eligible for the 2.5¢ per kWh adder for net export compensation.
  • Requires electric distribution utilities to establish a list of residential customers who qualify for project participation, specifically consisting of residents who have enrolled in or are on the waitlist for the state Electric Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Allows for up to 6 MW per year in total capacity of projects to be designated as eligible   through a process to be developed by the Department.   
  • Will enroll qualifying customers on an opt-out basis into designated eligible projects, which must meet the definition of LMI Community Solar Projects and will be eligible to receive the LMI Adder.
  • Once enrolled, LMI residential customers will receive on-bill credits in percentages specified by the project group host until such time as they no longer qualify for EAP or until they opt out from receiving credits.

Public Stakeholder Process

SB 270 becomes effective on September 6, 2022, and the Department of Energy will thereafter initiate a public process to establish the details of this new program. 

A public stakeholder session regarding the implementation of this bill will be held in person September 7, 2022 in Hearing Room A from 9am-12pm at the offices of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and Department of Energy, 21 Fruit Street, Concord NH. An agenda and discussion items will be posted on this webpage prior to the September 7the meeting. 

A second public stakeholder session regarding the implementation of SB270 (2022) was held virtually October 4, 2022 by the Department of Energy.  See written public comments below. 

 

A third public stakeholder session regarding the implementation of SB270 (2022) will be held virtually on Thursday December 22nd by the Department of Energy.  An agenda for this meeting is available below and draft proposal for discussion will be posted on this webpage prior to the December 22nd meeting.