LIP-13: Does a high school in a low-income community count as a subscriber?

The Procurement Administrator would require additional information to determine whether a high school could count as an eligible subscriber.

More generally, we provide the following information:

  • A subscriber must be a low-income residential customer or a community-based organization that provides programs and services within the community where the proposed Project will be located;
  • There shall be no payment for RECs attributable to other types of subscribers (who are not a low-income residential customer or an eligible community-based organization);
  • Subscriber must receive net metering (if the Project is located in the service territory of a municipal electric utility or a rural electric cooperative, they must certify that they will offer net metering for community solar comparable to what is required for investor owned utilities);
  • No single subscriber may constitute more than 40% of the Project’s nameplate capacity; and
  • The portion of the Project subscribed by community-based organizations in aggregate may not exceed 40% of the facility’s actual nameplate capacity.

A Community-Based Organization should be an existing non-profit organization that provides programs and services within the community where the proposed project will be located. Additionally, a Community-Based Organization is an organization in which:

  • The majority of the governing body and staff consists of local residents,
  • The main operating offices are in the community,
  • Priority issue areas are identified and defined by residents,
  • Solutions to address priority issues are developed with residents, and
  • Program design, implementation, and evaluation components have residents intimately involved, in leadership positions.

For additional information on community-based organizations, please refer to Section 8.6.2 of the Long-Term Procurement Plan.