Solicitations for Large-Scale Renewables
2022 RES Solicitation for Tier 1 RECs
NYSERDA has launched the sixth annual Renewable Energy Standard (RES) request for proposals, RESRFP22-1, to continue accelerating progress toward Governor Hochul’s target of generating 70 percent of New York State’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Through the 2022 solicitation, NYSERDA seeks to procure approximately 4.5 million Tier 1 eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from eligible facilities that enter commercial operation on or after January 1, 2015 and on or before May 31, 2025, unless extended to May 31, 2028.
RESRFP22-1 will be implemented through a two-step process, consisting of:
- Step One Eligibility Application: A qualifying step through which the proposer must provide evidence that the Bid Facility is Tier 1 eligible and other general information about the Proposer and the Bid Facility. The Step One Eligibility Application will be made available to Proposers on October 12, 2022.
- Step Two Bid Proposal: A competitive Bid Proposal step, through which NYSERDA will:
a. examine Bid Proposals to determine whether they demonstrate that the Bid Facility and Proposer meet the Minimum Threshold Requirements; and
b. for Bid Proposals that meet those Minimum Threshold Requirements, perform a competitive evaluation based on price and non-price factors.
To start a Step One Eligibility Application, proposers will be required to register on the solicitation website . The solicitation website, and proposer registration to begin and submit a Step One Eligibility Application, will be available on October 12, 2022 following the Proposer’s Webinar.
RESRFP22-1 Proposers’ Webinar
NYSERDA will host a webinar on this RFP and the submittal process for potential proposers on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Register for the RESRFP22-1 Proposer’s Webinar .
- RESRFP22-1 - Renewable Energy Standard Purchase of New York Tier 1 Eligible Renewable Energy Certificates Summary [PDF]
- Appendix 1 - Resource Assessment and Energy Production Estimate Requirements [PDF]
- Appendix 2 - Permitting Plan Requirements and Guidelines [PDF]
- Appendix 3 – Field Screening for Wetlands and Water Resources Delineation Report Guidelines and Requirements [PDF]
- Appendix 4 – RESRFP22-1 Smart Solar Siting Scorecard [PDF]
- Appendix 5 – Energy Deliverability Study Utility Requirements [PDF]
- Attachment A – RESRFP22-1 Standard Form Agreement Exhibits A, B, C, G, H, I, and L [PDF]
Information on the most recent RES solicitations is available here:
NYSERDA continues to work actively with communities hosting awarded renewable projects to ensure they have the tools they need to make informed decisions regarding project development. For more information on renewable energy development and education, please contact [email protected] and consult the Renewable Energy Standard solicitation FAQs [PDF] and Clean Energy Siting for Local Governments resources.
Project Siting and Permitting Resources
These resources can help inform proposers’ decisions regarding project siting for future solicitations.
- New York Solar Guidebook for Local Governments [PDF]
- New York Wind Energy Guide for Local Decision Makers
- Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES)
- New York State’s Real Property Tax Law § 487 [PDF]
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Appraisal methodology for solar and wind energy projects
This interactive map identifies areas throughout the State that meet the interim criteria identified for a disadvantaged community as defined by New York State at the time of the 2022 Tier 1 solicitation, RESRFP22-1. It contains the 4,145 Census block groups that make up the interim Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) approach applicable to RESRFP22-1. The State’s Climate Justice Working Group is working to finalize the criteria for defining DAC in New York. These interim criteria will apply to all Large-Scale Renewable projects awarded before the final DAC criteria are finalized. Once the final DAC criteria are finalized, they will be incorporated into future solicitations and an updated map of New York DAC will be provided for reference in future solicitations.
Agricultural Mitigation Resources
In order to facilitate the protection of agricultural lands in the state’s Agricultural Districts, Proposers awarded under RESRFP22-1 may be responsible for making an agricultural mitigation payment to a designated fund based on the extent to which the solar project footprint overlaps with New York’s highest quality agricultural soils, identified as Mineral Soil Groups classifications 1 through 4 (MSG 1-4). This mitigation approach intends to set a benchmark for potential agricultural mitigation payments, which solar project developers may be able to reduce by minimizing the facility’s impact on MSG 1-4 and/or introducing or retaining agricultural productivity on the project site. Instances where Proposers cannot avoid or minimize impacts on MSG 1-4 will result in a payment to a fund administered by NYSERDA in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets to support ongoing regional agricultural practices.
An interactive map of statewide MSG 1-4 and downloadable files containing the same MSG 1-4 data are available at the link below for the use of Proposers and other interested parties.
Operational Flexibility and Grid Resources
The following NYSERDA, DPS, and NYISO studies and stakeholder proceedings are encouraged for use to inform Proposers’ due diligence. Proposers should note that these resources are subject to additional updates, and may be amended by other applicable studies and/or updated assessments and public data.
In 2020, New York State passed the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act [PDF] to accelerate progress towards the State’s nation-leading clean energy goals. The Act instructed the State to conduct a Power Grid Study to inform transmission system investments that will be necessary to achieve the clean energy goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The Power Grid Study is comprised of three component studies: 1) a joint utilities study on local transmission and distribution needs; 2) an offshore wind study of bulk-power transmission needs; and 3) a statewide transmission analysis to achieve the Climate Act goals. To read the studies, review public comments, and engage in the public process, visit the Department of Public Service Matter Master 20-00905/20-E-0197 or access the studies below.
- Initial Report on the New York Power Grid Study and Appendices A-E (January 2021)
- Utility Transmission and Distribution Investment Working Group Report (November 2020)
- 2019 Congestion Assessment and Resource Integration Study (CARIS) Report (July 2020)
- NYISO Interconnection Queue, Utility Interconnection Queue
- Utility Distribution Hosting Capacity Database
- DPS Staff Straw Proposal for Conducting Headroom Assessments
Energy Storage Resources
NYSERDA encourages proposers to use these resources to inform decisions regarding projects with energy storage for future solicitations.
- NYSERDA Bulk Storage Incentive Program Manual [PDF] – Section VII. Measurement and Verification and Section IX. Technical and Other Requirements
- Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook
- The State of Storage: Energy Storage Resources in New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets
- Intermittent Power Resources: Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
- Energy Storage Interconnection Guide [PDF]
2022 RES Solicitation Request for Information (RESRFI22-1)
Under this Request for Information (RFI), NYSERDA is seeking external stakeholder review and feedback on key topics and proposed modifications to the upcoming annual Tier 1 solicitation for large-scale renewables, RESRFP22-1.
Interested stakeholders are invited to review and comment on proposed updates and modifications to the 2022 Tier 1 solicitation under this RFI. This feedback will assist NYSERDA in finalizing the solicitation prior to its release. The RFI document and related appendices are linked below.
- RESRFI22-1 Summary of Changes and Focus Areas
- RESRFI22-1 Appendix 1. NYSERDA Guidance for Wetlands and Stream Screenings
- RESRFI22-1 Appendix 2. RESRFP22-1 Smart Solar Siting Scorecard
- RESRFI22-1 Exhibit 1 to Appendix 2. RESRFP22-1 Smart Solar Siting Scorecard Workbook
- RESRFI22-1 Appendix 3. Preliminary Determination Memorandum
- RESRFI22-1 Appendix 3. Preliminary Determination Memorandum - Revised [PDF]
This RFI comment period ended on July 28, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. EST.
2022 Large-Scale Renewables Capacity Accreditation Request for Information (LSRRFI22-1)
Under this separate, parallel Request for Information (RFI), NYSERDA is seeking external stakeholder review and comment on NYSERDA’s proposed Index formula modifications to reflect the New NYISO Capacity Accreditation Rules. This feedback will assist NYSERDA in finalizing its proposed approach. NYSERDA in consultation with the Department of Public Service (DPS) intends to address existing and future Index REC and Index OREC contracts to account for any changes to long-term capacity revenue expectations resulting from the revisions to the Market Administration and Control Area Services Tariff proposed by the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (NYISO) recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt a marginal capacity accreditation market design.
The RFI document is linked below.
This RFI comment period ended on August 4, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. EST.
In response to requests for clarification of certain elements of LSRRFI22-1, NYSERDA has compiled a Q&A document for respondents, available here: