The City of New Orleans established Community Solar Rules through the City Council's Resolution R-19-11, which established policies and procedures for community solar generating facilities in the Orleans Parish. Entergy New Orleans is required to administer the council's rules, as well as investigate, and impose any penalties for violations of the rules. The rules were amended through Resolution R-22-76 to change the income threshold of a Low-income subscriber to 60% of Area Median Income. The rules were most recently amended through Resolution R-23-130 to increase the generating capacity of a community solar facility from 2 MW to 5 MW.
System Capacity Limits
The generating capacity of a community solar facility must not exceed 5 MW. A facility with a capacity of 1 MW or greater may not be located on the same/adjacent property as an existing or proposed 1 MW or greater facility owned by the same subscriber organization. One or more organizations are allowed to construct multiple facilities on a single parcel of property, as long as the aggregate capacity does not exceed 5 MW.
Program Capacity Limits
The community solar program's capacity limit is less than or equal to 5% of a utility's annual peak in MW for the first three years of the program. After three years, the council will reconsider the limit.
Low-income subscribers are reserved a minimum carve-out of 30% for a facility with a max capacity of 5 MW. The carve-out limit is 50%.
Credits are applied to each subscriber's monthly bill and are calculated as the sum of the avoided energy costs and corresponding avoided capacity costs. Credits are applied to each subscriber's monthly bill as a dollar amount credit calculated by multiplying the subscriber's monthly kWh output by the full retail rate. If a credit exceeds the subscriber's monthly bill, the excess credit will roll over monthly and indefinitely until the service is terminated. The same goes for any low-income subscribers. As for renewable energy credits (RECs), the individual subscriber maintains ownership.
|Incentive Type:||Community Solar Rules|
|Administrator:||City of New Orleans|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Applicable Utilities:||All utilities|
|System Capacity Limit:||5 MW|
|Program Capacity Limit:||Less than or equal to 5% of a utility's annual peak annual peak in MW (for first 3 yrs. of program)|
|Participant Credit Rate:||Calculated by multiplying monthly kWh output and the full retail rate|
|Low-Moderate Income Provisions:||30-50% carve-out for facilities up to 5 MW|
|Name:||Council Resolution R-19-111|
|Name:||Council Resolution R-22-76|
|Name:||Council Resolution R-23-130|
|Name:||City Council Utilities Regulatory Office|
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This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.
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