On October 30, 2023, the Program released scores for Community-Driven Community Solar 2023-2024 project applications submitted on June 1, 2023, which will be used to determine which projects will be selected for a REC contract once random selection takes place. The scores and a full announcement regarding the scoring process were posted on the Program website on the Community-Driven Community Solar Project Categories page. AVs were provided two weeks, until November 13, 2023, to appeal scores; the Agency did not receive any appeals.
With scores finalized, the Agency will utilize a random selection process to break ties between projects that received the same scores. Capacity available for the CDCS category was 10 MW for Group A and 23 MW for Group B. After capacity was allocated to the projects on the 2022-2023 waitlist, there was 1.5 MW of capacity available for Group A and 17.7 MW available for Group B. A total of 63 applications were received during the application window, including 11 project applications totaling 25.7 MW AC for Group A, and 52 project applications totaling 64.95 MW AC for Group B. This capacity will be awarded to projects submitted on June 1, 2023 during the random selection event.
The Agency will hold the random selection re-ordering event tomorrow, December 6, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. CPT. Join link: Registration link: https://energy-solution.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2m44QuuCTOiN2-FDKEu3EQ
After project selection, only CDCS projects that have a minimum score of ten points will be placed on a waitlist for the 2023-2024 delivery year. Projects that are placed on the Community-Driven Community Solar 2023-2024 waitlist will remain waitlisted until capacity in the respective Group becomes available. Waitlisted projects will be eligible for new capacity released for the 2024-2025 Program Year beginning June 1, 2024.
The Agency anticipates the next steps in this process with the following updated scheduled:
- December 6, 2023 – Random selection event for projects with tied scores
- December 6, 2023 – Final order of selected projects and waitlisted projects published