Group B Equity Eligible Contractor Block Reaches Capacity, Soft Close Period Initiated

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The annual block of capacity for the Group B Equity Eligible Contractor category has been filled. Section B of the Program Guidebook provides for a soft close period which allows the block to remain open for seven calendar days or until  the next project application submitted to the block would exceed capacity by 10 megawatts.

For Program Year 2023-2024, 95.69 MW of capacity was allocated for Group B EEC, including 84.19 MW of Group B EEC Community Solar capacity and 11.5 MW of unallocated Group B EEC Distributed Generation Capacity. In accordance with the Long-Term Plan, any unallocated capacity reserved for Equity Eligible Contractors (EEC) Distributed Generation (DG) projects will become available to be allocated to either EEC Community Solar (CS) or EEC DG projects after nine months of the start of the Program Year. This adjustment to capacity took place on March 1, 2024, which is nine months from the start of the 2023-24 Program Year, which began on June 1, 2023.  Subsequently, the block reached capacity at 2:46 p.m. CPT, Monday, May 6, 2024 when a batch submittal reached the 95.69 MW allotted for this group/category for the 2023-2024 Program year. The soft close period will begin today, May 7, 2024, and extend until May 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CPT  or until 10 additional megawatts of capacity are batched and submitted to the Program. Currently, 99.5 MW have been batched and submitted to the Group B EEC block including projects that comprised the waitlist.

The Program Administrator will announce if the 10 MW of soft close capacity is reached prior to May 14, 2024. Any applications batched and submitted to the Program under the Group B EEC group/category after the soft close capacity is reached OR after May 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CPT will be placed on a waitlist.

Once the soft close period has concluded, the Program Administrator will announce that the block is closed and post a waitlist publicly on the Program website. All subsequently submitted applications will be placed on a waitlist as the block will be considered closed. At this time, new capacity for this Group/category is planned for the 2024-2025 Program year and is expected to be available on June 3, 2024.