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The instructions below provide guidance on obtaining a Statement of Qualification after reaching Commercial Operation for Tier 1 projects only.

30 business days prior to the planned date of Commercial Operation, please review the below process to be sure you are familiar with all associated requirements and timing. This will ensure that when you reach Commercial Operation and begin following the process outlined below, there will be no delays in invoicing. NYSERDA agrees to grant or deny Operational Certification within thirty (30) days after Seller has submitted a fully complete Operational Certification request demonstrating Tier-1 eligibility. 

Important Reminders
  • The Agreement’s Delivery Start Date is the first of the month following the project’s Commercial Operation date. The NYGATS Account Holder for the project is able to sell Tier-1 RECs on the open market prior to the Delivery Start Date of NYSERDA’s agreement. For example, if you declare Commercial Operation and start generating electricity on August 17, the Delivery Start Date will be September 1.  Sellers are free to sell Tier-1 RECs generated from August 17th through August 31st to any interested party. 
  • NYSERDA’s Agreement requires that you collaborate with NYSERDA's Communications Unit, or RES program staff, with regard to the preparation of any press release, public announcement, publication or media interview with respect to the contract or the project. Contact your NYSERDA Project Manager to be put in touch with NYSERDA’s Marketing and Communications team.
Process Diagram

Upon reaching Commercial Operation, please follow these steps: 

Notify your NYSERDA Project Manager that you have submitted your application. Make your Project Manager aware if your NYSERDA Agreement differs from your registrations, i.e. Nameplate change, etc.; as this may require a contract modification.

Once your NYGATS Eligibility application is reviewed and approved in NYGATS, you will be issued a Statement of Qualification (SoQ). The SoQ can be accessed when logged into the NYGATS websiteSend a copy of the SoQ to your NYSERDA Project Manager. 

Following the SoQ issuance, any applicable generation uploaded to NYGATS (by NYISO or other QIP) will be issued Tier-RECs. 

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