A. Capacity Limit.
(1) Statewide Capacity.
(a) Subject to §A(1)(b) of this regulation, an electric company may not accept pilot program project applications after the Statewide capacity of pilot projects has exceeded 1.5 percent of the 2015 Maryland peak demand in MW as measured by the sum of the nameplate capacity of each project’s inverter.
(b) An electric company shall accept an additional 0.15 percent of 2015 capacity for projects serving the LMI category if an electric utility has reached full capacity available to projects in the LMI category.
(2) Annual Cap. The following percentages of 2015 Maryland peak demand will set annual program capacity:
(a) First year 0.6 percent.
(b) Second year 0.6 percent.
(c) Third year 0.3 percent.
(3) Program Categories. An electric company shall accept pilot projects in each of the following categories up to the annual and program capacity limits according to the percentages shown in each of the following paragraphs:
(a) Small, Brownfield and Other Category (Small) 30 percent.
(i) Projects up to and including 500 kW.
(ii) Projects installed on rooftops, parking lots, roadways or parking structures.
(iii) Projects installed on brownfield locations.
(iv) Projects serving more than 51 percent of kWh output to Low or Moderate income customers.
(b) Open Category (Open) 40 percent Projects of any size up to 2 MW.
(c) Low and Moderate Income Category (LMI) 30 percent Projects serving more than 30 percent of kWh output to Low or Moderate income customers of which Low Income subscribers receive a minimum of 10 percent of kWh output.
(d) Projects which qualify for the Small or LMI category may use capacity from the Open category after the electric company has accepted projects up to the limit of its respective categories.
(e) An electric company may accept an LMI project using LMI capacity as described in §A(2) of this regulation from subsequent program years if the capacity in the current year has been fully allocated.
(4) Electric Company Program Capacity Limits.
(a) Subject to the annual and category limits established in this regulation, an electric company shall accept pilot program applications up to 1.5 percent of its 2015 Maryland peak demand.
(b) An electric company may accept project applications after it has accepted 1.5 percent of its 2015 peak demand in MW as measured by the sum of the nameplate capacity of each project’s inverter.
(c) An electric company may cease accepting project applications according to the annual percentages listed in Regulation .02A(2) as applied to that company’s 2015 peak demand.
(d) An electric company shall allocate annual capacity according to the program category percentages listed in §A(3) of this regulation.
(e) An electric company shall notify the Commission if it intends to accept project applications beyond the level described in §A(4)(a) of this regulation.
(f) An electric company shall combine the capacity of the Small and Open categories if the capacity allocated to the “Open” category is 500 kW or less.
(5) Unused Annual Capacity. Electric company capacity in each year which remains unused by projects shall be added to the capacity of the following year such that the total Statewide capacity does not exceed the limit in §A of this regulation.
(6) Unused Category Capacity. If a category listed in §A(3) of this regulation has unused capacity at the end of the second year of the program, the unused capacity shall be allocated on a pro-rata basis to the other categories for the third year of the program.
B. Each electric company shall maintain a list of accepted projects and total pilot program capacity in its service territory.
C. Each electric company shall provide the list in §B of this regulation to the Commission on the first business day after June 30 and December 31 of each year until the pilot is closed.
D. The Commission may direct electric companies to close the program to new applications if the total Statewide net-metered generation exceeds the limit described in Public Utilities Article, §7-306(d), Annotated Code of Maryland.