National Grid

Distributed Generation
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Introduction to Distributed Generation

What is Distributed Generation (DG)? This page provides a brief explanation of the DG for first-time visitors.

Interconnection Process

In Massachusetts, customers interested in interconnecting a DG system to the National Grid's Electric Power System (EPS) must follow the process outlined in the Interconnection Tariff. While all DG customers must ensure their compliance with the Interconnection Tariff, these pages outline the general interconnection process and offer some additional guidance and recommendations.

Simplified Interconnection Process

The Simplified process is for small renewable systems using a single UL1741.1 listed inverter with a system size ≤15kW for single-phase service and ≤25 KW for three-phase electric service.

Simplified Process:

Simplified Process

Expedited/Standard Interconnection Process

The Expedited process is available for any DG system that does not qualify for the Simplified process. However, the Standard process is recommended for any non-inverter-based DG systems and large (≥500kW) inverter-based systems.

Complex (Expedited/Standard) Process:

Complex (Expedited/Standard) Process

Interconnection Documents

With numerous standards, regulations, and forms related to the DG interconnection process, National Grid has a central location for up-to-date versions of documents and forms for the interconnection process. These documents are updated periodically, so we encourage stakeholders to visit this page regularly.

Net Metering

Find out about eligibility, government regulations, and how bills are determined.

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program

  • 100MW Competitive Procurement RFP
  • MA SMART System Bid Portal
  • Bid Submission Checklist
  • Bidder Certification Form
  • Questions? Contact the MA SMART Solar Program Administrator via phone (888-989-7752) or email

  • Renewable Long-term Contracts

    During Open Enrollments, National Grid will be seeking applications to enter into standard contracts for energy, capacity and RECS for eligible renewable energy projects.

    Area Network Maps

    To view all MA downtown districts with Secondary Networks

    Frequently Asked Questions

    National Grid's most asked about Questions and Answers.

    Useful Links

    View additional Distributed Generation information.

    Contact Us

    Notice: Distributed Generation stakeholders with a question about a specific project are strongly encouraged to reference the application number in the email subject line.

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