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Petition to Modify and/or Clarify Permissions for CDG Customers to Participate in Multiple CDG Projects

April 24, 2020

Pursuant to 16 NYCRR §§ 3.5, 17.1, the Coalition for Community Solar Access, New York Solar Energy Industries Association, and Solar Energy Industries Association (“CCSA, NYSEIA and SEIA” or the “Petitioner”) hereby submit this petition to modify and/or clarify the New York Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) Order Establishing a Community Distributed Generation Program and Making Other Findings (the “CDG Implementation Order”)1 to allow for a single customer to subscribe to multiple Community Distributed Generation (“CDG”) projects. This policy, which has been successfully adopted in Massachusetts, would help increase CDG participation among large anchor customers, small businesses, and non-profit entities, which the Commission has recognized as being important for reducing costs as well as expanding customer access to CDG. The relief requested herein would help reduce soft costs associated with customer acquisition for CDG sponsors, which would result in increased deployment of CDG projects in New York. In light of the state’s mandate to achieve six (6) gigawatts (“GW”) of distributed solar under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA”), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (“NYSERDA”) related petition for $573 million in funding to achieve that goal, this change would represent a modest, but cost-effective, way to accelerate CDG deployment without the need to increase CDG incentives.

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