CDG Model – Resources and Useful Links

Jan Borchert, Current Hydro and Dana Hall, Esq.

Utility CDG Resources

Public Service Commission Links and Procedural Requirements


The NYPSC publishes the SIR as of October 2018 is available here$FILE/October%20SIR%20Appendix%20A%20-%20Final%2010-3-18.pdf

NYPSC DG website

NY DER Instructions on registering and filing are available at

ConEd CDG Procedural Requirements

National Grid CDG Procedural Requirements


The value stack calculator is available at

NYSERDA Clean Energy Standard Eligibility and Certification Guidelines

Community Solar Links

NREL – A Guide to Community Solar, Utility, Private and Non-Profit Project Development

Business model description for utility owned, developer owned and SPE owned community solar

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Community Solar Program Design Models 2018 version[1]

Subscription management software (not CDG-specific)[2]

Community Solar Legal Considerations

Community solar and federal and general state securities and tax law considerations

Community Solar Legal Primer


Example business model for a solar power co-op[3]

SPE Models

Specific types of business entities for community projects

Business Structures and Financing for Energy Projects

Columbia University SIPA Community Solar

General Energy Resources

How Energy Pricing Works in New York State

National Energy Marketers Association[4]

The NY SolarMap[5]

Hydropower Resources

Planning a Microhydro System

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC

Download our full Microhydro Community DG report on our Financial Models Overview page.

[1] Since 2010, the Smart Electric Power Alliance has tracked every launched and publicly announced community solar program in the US, creating one of the nation’s most extensive repositories of community solar data.

[2] This is not CDG-specific software but focuses on subscriber management in general. They charge $149 per month for up to 5,000 subscribers. This might make sense for 360,000 kWh and upwards at half a cent per kWh cost – a facility of almost 68 kW is necessary for that.

[3] Tangerine Power, LLC, based in Washington State has created a business model for a solar power co-op and has launched the Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative

[4] National Energy Marketers Association is a national, non-profit trade association representing both leading suppliers and major consumers of natural gas and electricity as well as energy-related products, services, information and advanced technologies throughout the United States, Canada and the European Union. Potentially a good resource to find SMO and other services to assist a host looking to set up CDG.

[5] NY SolarMap has provided a useful ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ about interconnection pertaining to solar projects in New York. This information is also helpful to hydro projects considering interconnection. The responses were created with assistance from the NYS Utility Companies.