Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

August 08, 2014


Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) represent the renewable attributes of solar generation, bundled in minimum denominations of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of production. The legislation creating Ohio's AEPS program, (S.B. 221),  mandates the creation of SRECs and Solar Alternative Compliance Payments (SACPs) to meet the solar energy generation goal of .5% by 2026. To be in complaince with AEPS, Ohio retail electricity suppliers must either purchase or generate SRECs OR pay a Solar Alternative Compliance Payment (SACP) for any shortfalls in SREC purchases. 

SRECs have a lifetime of five years following their initial acquisition. Generators must register with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to become a certified facility, eligible to generate SRECs for compliance under Ohio's Alternative Energy Resource Standard (AERS). Once PUCO certification is received, the generator must also register with an attribute tracking system (such as PJM-GATS or M-RETS).

SACP prices were set at $450/MWh by SB 221 in 2009 and were on schedule to drop by $50 every two years until a $50/MWh minimum was met in 2024. In 2014, SB 310 froze the SACP at $300/MWh for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and stipulated that after 2016, SACPs fall by $50 every two years to a minimum of $50/MWh by 2025. Compliance payments will be deposited into the Ohio Advanced Energy Fund, which provides financial support to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects within the state. Utilities may not pass along the cost of compliance payments to their customers. PUCO may grant a force majeure determination, thereby relieving the utilities of their obligation to pay SACP, if utilities are able to prove they were unable to procure enough SRECs to satisfy the requirements due to conditions beyond their control. Historically, utilities have generally been able into compliance without paying the ACP.

Interested system owners must reserve a case number on the web site above. For applications received after December 31, 2012, credit will only be given for generation that occurrred after the facility's application date.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Public Utilities Commision of Ohio
Start Date: 2009
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: Varies based on market conditions
Maximum Incentive: SREC prices vary based on market conditions
Solar Alternative Compliance Payments made when utilities lack sufficient SRECs are priced by legislation:
2009: $450/MWh
2010 and 2011: $400/MWh
2012 and 2013: $350/MWh
2014, 2015, & 2016: $300/MWh
2017 and 2018: $250/MWh
2019 and 2020: $200/MWh
2021 and 2022: $150/MWh
2023 and 2024: $100/MWh
2025 and beyond: $50/MWh
Terms: Systems must be registered with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Installation Requirements: Must be located within the state of Ohio or shown to be deliverable to Ohio if out of state


Name: ORC 4928.64 et seq.
Date Enacted: 01/01/2009
Name: OAC 4901:1-40 et seq.
Date Enacted: 12/10/2009


Name: Stuart Siegfried
Organization: Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Address: 180 East Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215-3793
Phone: (614) 466-7536

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.