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Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) Program

Per Board Order dated July 28, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has established a process for opening the Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) Program to new registrations.

The ADI Program registration portal opened to new registrations on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST.

ADI Capacity Blocks by Market Segment

Market Segments System Size MW (dc) Capacity Blocks
Net-Metered Residential All Sizes 150 MW
Net Metered Non-Residential All sizes at or below 5 MW (dc) 150 MW
Community Solar including LMI and Non-LMI All sizes at or below 5 MW (dc) 150 MW
Interim Subsection (t) Grid All Sizes 75 MW (Interim Basis)

  • The ADI Program will accept new registrations for each market segment on a first-come, first-served basis until the MW block for that market segment is fully subscribed.
  • A MW block would be defined as being fully subscribed when the last registration received in the ADI registration portal causes the total capacity of all registrations in that block to exceed the capacity allocation for said block (the last project allowed to register in a given MW block could lead to the slight exceedance of said MW block).
  • When the MW block for a given market segment is fully subscribed as defined above, the ADI Program registration manager will close the registration portal for that market segment and stop accepting new registrations in that market segment until the next capacity block is opened.
  • There will not be a waiting list for projects seeking to enter a capacity block for a particular market segment that is already fully subscribed.
  • Current available capacity for each market segment will be posted on the homepage of the ADI online portal.

ADI Incentives (NJ-SREC-IIs) Per Market Segment

Market Segments System Size MW (dc) Incentive Values ($/SREC-II) *Public Entities (($20 Adder)
Net-Metered Residential All Sizes $90 N/A
Small Net-Metered Non-Residential located on Rooftop, Carport, Canopy and Floating Solar Projects smaller than 1 MW (dc) $100 $120
Small Net Metered Non-Residential Ground Mount Projects smaller than 1 MW (dc) $85 $105
Large Net Metered Non- Residential located on Rooftop, Carport, Canopy and Floating Solar Projects 1 MW to 5 MW (dc) $90 $110
Large Net Metered Non-Residential Ground Mount Projects 1 MW to 5 MW (dc) $80 $100
Community Solar LMI Up to 5 MW (dc) $90 N/A
Community Solar Non-LMI Up to 5 MW (dc) $70 N/A
**Interim Subsection (t) Grid All Sizes $100 N/A

*“Public Entity” is defined as a customer that is a State entity, school district, county, county agency, county authority, municipality, municipal agency, municipal authority, New Jersey public college, or New Jersey public university.

**Subsection (t) Grid solar facilities are defined as solar facilities certified as being located on brownfield, historic fill, or properly closed landfills.

ADI Program Key Eligibility Requirements:

  • Net-metered residential, non-residential solar facilities 5 MW (dc) or less, and community solar projects.
  • Projects located on property types that were previously eligible to seek conditional certification from NJBPU under Subsection (t), now be referred to as “interim Subsection (t) projects.”
  • Solar facilities that have not yet reached commercial operation (defined as permission to operate) prior to the opening of the ADI Program.
  • Solar facilities that reached commercial operation before August 28, 2021, must be granted special dispensation by NJBPU to participate in the ADI Program.
  • All solar equipment must be new.
  • Solar facilities connected to a distribution or transmission system owned or operated by a New Jersey public utility or local government unit.
  • Solar facilities receiving incentives that are 1 MW (dc) or greater in size are subject to the Prevailing Wage Act N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.25, et seq.

ADI Program Online Registration Portal

Registrants must submit an ADI Initial Registration packet with all required documents through the ADI online registration portal. The ADI Initial Registration packet must include all the documents listed on the ADI Initial Application Checklist(s) below:

ADI Initial Registration Checklists and Forms:

Milestone Reporting Forms

The Milestone Reporting Form is required for Net Metered Facilities Greater than 1 MW (dc) and all Grid Supply and Community Solar Projects. This form must be submitted with the initial TI Application Packet and quarterly thereafter, up until the submission of the Final As-Built (Post Construction Certification) Package.

Understanding Solar Ownership and Financing Options

Learn more about solar ownership and financing options.

Identifying Minor and Major Deficiencies for Incomplete ADI Registration Packets
ADI Initial Registration Checklists and Forms:

As the ADI Registration is reviewed, it will either be accepted or deemed incomplete. This document explains how the ADI Program Team identifies minor and major  deficiencies within your registration packet.

The Final As-Built (Post Construction Certification) Packet

Tools needed to complete the Final As- Built Forms and Equipment Information

NJCEP reserves the right to request a complete copy of production estimates, a full shade analysis, or any relevant documentation from the installer at any time. Save a copy of the “Results” pages for permanent record with the project file.

PV Watts/System Advisor Model (SAM)

Commonly Used Shading Analysis Tools

NJCEP permits the use of other tools as long as the tool can provide a full summary report, in case the ADI Program Manager requests copies.

To Verify the Solar Azimuth Orientation

Instructions on ADI Requirements for Decreases and Increases to the Solar System

The ADI Program allows solar systems to be increased in size by up to 10% or 25 kW (dc), whichever is smaller, from the original system size proposed in the initial ADI Registration Packet. Solar facilities cannot increase their system more than 10% or 25kW (dc) and cannot increase the system capacity by any amount that would expand the project beyond 5 MW (dc). Solar facilities can decrease in size from the initial registration submitted with no restrictions.

Registrants are required to submit a request to the ADI Processing Team for any increase to the system size that was proposed with the ADI Initial Registration packet. The below ADI System Change Form is required to be emailed to NJREINFO@NJCleanEnergy.com to request a change to the size of the solar facility.

Understanding Co-Location as Defined in the Proposed Rules

The rules proposed by the Board in Docket No. QX21040728, at N.J.A.C. 14:8-11, define “co-location” as:… siting two or more SuSI-Eligible solar facilities on the same property or on contiguous properties such that the individual facilities are eligible for a higher incentive value than they would be if they were combined into one single facility. In the case of net metered projects, SuSI-Eligible solar facilities shall be not be deemed co-located if they serve separate net metering customers as defined at N.J.A.C. 14:8-4.

  • An entity may file a petition with the Board for special dispensation to engage in co-location of facilities.
  • Co-located projects are allowed if the project's registrant voluntarily agrees to accept the lowest incentive that would apply if the projects combined into a single project located on the site.
  • Developers or owners cannot site multiple projects on the same property or contiguous properties in order to access a higher incentive level assigned to a smaller project (example: two 1 MW dc projects would receive a higher incentive than one project just under 2 MW dc.)
  • Co-location is prohibited if the combined capacity of systems on a single site or contiguous site exceeds 5 MW dc.
  • If the review of the Post Construction Certification (Final As-Built) Packet or project inspection reveal that the registrant failed to disclose co-located solar facilities, the Board may take enforcement action, including but not limited to adjusting the incentive downward by multiplying the aggregated project size by the lowest incentive level among the projects’ qualifying market segments.

Extension Policy

ADI solar facilities accepted in the ADI Program may be eligible for one 6-month extension. The registrant may apply for an extension for any solar installation that cannot complete the installation and submit a complete Final As-Built (Post Construction Certification) Packet with permission to operate from the Electric Distribution Company in the ADI online registration portal by the expiration date noted in the ADI Acceptance Letter.

Extension Requests will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis and should include supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances for the delay in completing the facility, evidence that the facility has made progress towards completion, and demonstrations of the likelihood of timely and successful completion of the solar facility. For facilities 1 MW (dc) or greater, the ADI Program Team will consider whether the registrant has submitted timely quarterly milestone reporting forms. If the extension is granted, the ADI Program will provide a new registration expiration date six months from the expiration on the original conditional ADI Acceptance Letter.

Any ADI solar facility that would like to submit a request for a second extension must submit a petition to the NJBPU, for consideration.

Program Contacts

Correspondence and inquiries should be directed to:

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program
Successor Solar incentive (SuSI) Program
Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) Program
NJREINFO@NJCleanEnergy.com
Phone:  866-NJSMART (866-657-6278)



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