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Renewable energy resource generating facility application for certification

Below are links to the filing instructions and online renewable energy resource (REN) application to become a certified Ohio renewable energy resource generating facility under the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. Start by reviewing the filing Instructions, as they contain important information that will facilitate the application process. A failure to follow the instructions may result in delays during the review process.

For applications received after December 31, 2012, credit will not be given for generation that occurred before the date of a facility's application for certification as an eligible Ohio renewable energy resource generating facility. For applications received after December 31, 2012, facility owners will be able to report generation from the date of application for Ohio's purposes, unless the facility is not yet online, in which case the facility owner can begin reporting from the in-service date.

On March 30, 2020, a new online application will replace the current application. This new application will include a streamlined set of questions, online submittal with no e-filing, and no affidavit. After March 27, 2020, system expansions and owner changes will be processed through the new application and not e-filed. The last day to submit an application under the current application system is March 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm Eastern. The data in applications not submitted by March 27, 2020 will be deleted and not carry over to the new application.

Obtain a case number

Before electronically filing an application, applicants must reserve a case number. A case number may be obtained by logging in to the DIS system and clicking on "reserve a case number." REMINDER: If you've reserved a 2019 case number, you will need to file your completed certification application before the end of 2019. If you are unable to file your completed application until 2020, you will need to reserve a 2020 case number.

File an application

Please be advised that all applicant’s contact information, including address and telephone number, will be made public and is not subject to confidential treatment. Additionally, any information pertaining to trade secrets contained within the application will be made public unless filed under seal with a motion for protective order, pursuant to Rule 4901-1-24 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

If the resource or technology for which you are applying for certification is a renewable energy resource or technology included in Amended Substitute Senate Bill 310 (SB 310) that was not previously recognized as a renewable energy resource, under previous statutes, please use the "SB 310-specific REN application form" above. If the resource or technology was a renewable resource or technology recognized by statute before the effective date of SB 310, please use the online REN application above.

Certified renewable energy resources

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