Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions

Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions (NRES) is an incentive program that can help you offset the cost of the electricity you buy from Eversource with the energy you generate with non-residential solar or other Connecticut Class I renewable technologies.

This program will replace the Low and Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit Program.

Note: Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions is still in development and under review with PURA in Docket No. 21-08-03. The information provided above is subject to change pending the results of that docketed proceeding.

How it works

We will issue a request for proposal (RFP) on February 1, 2022. The process for the RFP depends on the size of your project.

Small projects

Projects less than or equal to 200kW are awarded incentive agreements on a first-come, first-served basis at a fixed price as determined by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

Large projects

Projects greater than 200 to 2,000kW are awarded incentive agreements through a competitive solicitation process. Bidding will take place in an online bid portal.

Category Project Size (AC) Eversource MW/Year Project Selection Process
Low Emission Projects ≤ 2,000 kW 8.0 Competitive Solicitation
Large Zero Emission Projects >600 kW
≤ 2,000 kW
18.0 Competitive Solicitation
Medium Zero Emission Projects >200 kW
≤ 600 kW
12.0 Competitive Solicitation
Small Zero Emission Projects ≤ 200 kW 10.0 First-come, first-served

Incentive options

If your project is selected, you'll be able to pick from two incentive compensation options: Buy-All and Netting. Each is designed to provide a similar return on investment.

With the Buy-All Incentive, you will export all power that your system produces to the electric grid without first suppling power to your building.

Diagram showing how metering works for the non-residential buy-all incentive

If you choose this option:

  1. We will purchase power from you at a rate approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)
  2. You'll receive compensation as either an on-bill credit to offset your monthly bill or a cash payment once per quarter. You may specify a percentage of your compensation to be split between the two options
  3. You will purchase the electricity you need to power your building directly from Eversource
  4. Any on-bill credits not used to offset your bill can be cashed out at the end of the 20-year term
  5. Any cash payments (quarterly or annually) must go to a third party that is not the account holder

Meter setup

With the Buy-All Incentive, your power generation and consumption are measured using separate meters installed at your building.

With the Netting Incentive, you'll first supply power from the system to your building and only export excess power to the electric grid.

Diagram showing how metering works for the non-residential netting incentive

If you choose this option:

  1. Power produced by your system, but not consumed within the month, is "netted" at the same rate you pay Eversource for electricity
  2. Net credits are applied to your bill in dollars and will be used to offset future customer, supply and delivery charges
  3. Any excess credits can be carried over each month and cashed out if you stop electric service
  4. Once enrolled, your compensation rate (in dollars per kilowatt hour) for net production will fluctuate with the prevailing retail rate over a 20-year term

What are Renewable Energy Certificates?

A REC is generated for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity that your system generates regardless of whether you use the energy or it is exported to the electric grid.

Meter setup

With the Netting Incentive, you’ll receive a new meter that measures how much energy you consume and how much is exported to the grid. You'll also receive a second meter to measure the energy produced by your solar installation.

Options for state, agricultural and municipal customers

State, agricultural or municipal (SAM) customers have the opportunity to share compensation from renewable energy generation with other SAM customers. Both the Buy-All or Netting incentives are available.

SAM projects must identify the initial beneficial accounts when a bid is submitted by using the Beneficial Account Credit Allocation Form (XLS).

Diagram showing how virtual net metering works for  state, agricultural or municipal customers that opt for the buy-all incentive

Just as with the standard Buy-All incentive, if you're a SAM customer who chooses the Buy-All Incentive, you'll:

  • Receive compensation for all of the energy you generate
  • Separately purchase the electricity you need to power your building from Eversource

As a SAM customer, you can choose to assign a percentage of your total compensation to other SAM accounts such as a public school, police department or public works department.

Diagram showing how virtual net metering works for  state, agricultural or municipal customers that opt for the netting incentive

With this option, you net credits the same way as the standard Netting Incentive. You'll:

  • First use the energy you generate with your system
  • Receive credits for any excess generation (in dollars) at the same rate you pay Eversource for electricity

As a SAM customer, you can apply a percentage of your excess credits to other SAM accounts. You'll choose:

  • What percentage of your excess power generation value to apply to other SAM beneficial accounts
  • What percentage of your excess power generation to compensate via Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) payments

Bidding process

The first solicitation will be begin in February 2022. After that, two annual solicitations take place each February and August through 2028.

The February solicitation will not exceed 60 percent of the program's capacity. The August solicitation will not exceed 40 percent of the program's capacity plus any remaining MWs from February.

Preliminary year 1 RFP schedule (subject to change):

Action Item Date
Release of RFP February 1, 2022
Bidders Conference February 7, 2022
Deadline for Submission of Questions February 11, 2022
Closing of Small Zero Emission Category Two-Week Window February 14, 2022 by 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Prevailing Time “EPT”), at which time the bid shall become firm, irrevocable and binding.
Bid Forms Due March 14, 2022 by 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Prevailing Time “EPT”), at which time the pricing shall become firm, irrevocable and binding.
Selection and Notification of Winning Bidders On or about April 14, 2022
Tariff Terms Agreement Execution After selection and notification of winning bidders. Bidders will have to return partially executed tariff terms agreements by the due date established by the companies, which is expected to be approximately 10 businesses days after selection and notification of winning bidders.

Bid calculator

Buy-All and Netting Incentive bids compete in the same competitive solicitation. Before submitting a bid, review the Guideline for Bid Price Comparison (PDF).

You can then use the bid calculator to determine what your evaluated bid price will be and compare the Buy-All vs. Netting payment structures.

Download bid calculator (XLS)

Submit Your Bid

During an open RFP, after reviewing the program guidelines and completing the required forms, you may submit your bid.

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