Group A Small DG Block 2 is closed as of November 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time and Group A Small DG Block 3 is now open.
The Program Administrator announced on November 17, 2020 that Group A Small DG Block 2 had reached capacity. Per Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, this Block was held open for an additional 7 calendar days after reaching capacity on November 17, 2020. Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch prior to November 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time were allocated to Block 2, and thus will receive Block 2 pricing, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following batch submittal. Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch after that time will be allocated to Block 3.
The capacity allocated to Block 2 during this 7-day soft-close period impacts the capacity available for Block 3. Applications submitted as part of a paid batch during the soft close period that exceed the original 22 MW capacity of Group A Small DG Block 2 will be deducted from the original capacity of 5.5 MW for Group A Small DG Block 3. The capacity submitted during the soft-close period was 5 MW (for a total of 27 MW of Block 2 capacity). Therefore, Group A Small DG Block 3 will have a tentative opening capacity of 0.5 MW, not the original capacity of 5.5 MW.
The final calculation of the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 3 will not be known until at least 10 business days have passed from the closure of Block 2 to allow Approved Vendors time to pay application fees. If the application fee for a Block 2 batch is not timely paid, the batch will not be accepted, and the corresponding capacity will be allocated to Block 3. The Program Administrator will announce the opening capacity available for Group A Small DG Block 3 at that time. Capacity allocated to projects in Group A Small DG Blocks 1 or 2 that are subsequently withdrawn will be added to Group A Small DG Block 3 capacity.
However, should Group A Small DG Block 3 reach capacity before the announcement of the opening capacity of Block 3 can be made, the following provision will apply: On the calendar day that an application is submitted whose capacity meets or exceeds the tentative remaining capacity in Group A Small DG Block 3, any project applications received on or prior to 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time that day that exceed the remaining capacity of that block will be selected until a 2 MW cap is reached. For the application that crosses the 2 MW cap, the entire project will be allocated Block 3 pricing, with all subsequently submitted applications placed on an ordinal waitlist. If the application that crosses the 2 MW cap is part of a multiple-project batch in which all projects in that batch are time-stamped as having been submitted at the same time, such that the determination of which individual application in that batch was the one that crossed the 2 MW cap is not possible, the Approved Vendor may select which applications within that batch will remain under the 2 MW cap, with the remaining applications in that batch placed on the waitlist for that Group/category.