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Inclusive Community Solar Adder

 

The Inclusive Community Solar Adder (ICSA) is available for CDG solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) subscribers, affordable housing, and other facilities serving disadvantaged communities (DACs). The goal of the ICSA is to increase access to community solar and resulting electric bill savings for LMI households and to reduce operating costs for affordable housing and nonprofit entities serving DACs.

Project Eligibility

To be eligible for the ICSA, projects must:

  • Be metered as CDG;
  • Meet the requirements of the NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial or NY-Sun Nonresidential incentive program;
  • Be in “Approved” status (new projects must submit a NY-Sun incentive application and have that application approved prior to submitting an ICSA application); and
  • Dedicate no less than 20% of project capacity to eligible residential subscribers

Projects located in the PSEG-Long Island territory are not eligible for the ICSA.

Eligible projects may receive the ICSA in addition to any NY-Sun incentive or adders for which they are eligible, with the exception of the Multifamily Affordable Housing Adder.

Available Funding and Incentive Levels

The ICSA funding that a project may claim is determined by the capacity allocated to eligible subscribers with different incentive rates for different types of projects.

Applications submitted after August 31, 2021 will be reviewed and funded in the order they are received until all available funding is fully committed.

The dashboards below indicate the percentage of MW that have been submitted to that particular block. The dashboards are updated as applications are submitted. 

Upstate CDG Projects – Community Adder

More applications were submitted for Upstate CDG projects that receive the Community Adder than available capacity. Applications are still being accepted but will be put on a waitlist and may be awarded if capacity becomes available.

Upstate CDG Projects – No NEM, MTC, CC, or Community Adder

More applications were submitted for Upstate CDG projects that have not received Phase One NEM, the Market Transition Credit, Community Credit, or the Community Adder than available capacity. Applications are still being accepted but will be put on a waitlist and may be awarded if capacity becomes available.

Upstate CDG Projects - NEM, MTC, CC

Upstate CDG projects that receive Phase One NEM, the Market Transition Credit, or the Community Credit will get $0.05/Wattdc for the capacity allocated to eligible subscribers. The initial capacity for this block is 150 MW.

 

    Con Edison CDG Projects

    Con Edison CDG projects will get $0.10/Wattdc for the capacity allocated to eligible subscribers. The initial capacity for this block is 100 MW. Con Edison projects may also be eligible for the Environmental Justice incentive (see below).

     

      Environmental Justice Incentive

      A higher added incentive level of $0.20/W total is available for Con Edison projects that are located in, benefit, and are developed in partnership with environmental justice (EJ) communities burdened by electric power generating facilities. Please see the Program Manual for more details.

      All additional information on the Inclusive Community Solar Adder, including how to apply, can be found in the Resources for Contractors section of the website under the following accordions:

      • Program Manual
      • Inclusive Community Solar Adder Resources

      For more information, please contact communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.