Agricultural Net Metering is available for member-owners with a renewable fuel generator that, for facilities installed on or after July 1, 2015, has a rated capacity not exceeding 500 kW or “… the expected annual energy consumption based on the previous 12 months of billing history or an annualized calculation of billing history if 12 months of billing history is not available,” according to the State Corporation Commission. (View SCC’s Order Adopting Regulations by clicking here).
A step-by-step guide for signing up with SVEC is available here.
An application ( 11 KB) needs to be submitted to the Cooperative at least 30 days in advance of interconnection. Signatures are required by the vendor (vendor certification), by the electrician (electrician certification), and the member-owner who is applying. The member-owner must also obtain the appropriate electrical permit and associated electrical inspection required by local government.
- Member-owners installing a renewable fuel generator that has a rated capacity of 10 kW or less shall maintain homeowners, commercial, or other insurance providing coverage in the amount of at least $100,000 for the liability of the insured against loss arising out of the use of a renewable fuel generator. Click here ( 31 KB) for the Insurance Form.
- Member-owners installing a renewable fuel generator that has a rated capacity in excess of 10 kW shall maintain homeowners, commercial, or other insurance providing coverage in the amount of at least $300,000 for the liability of the insured against loss arising out of the use of a renewable fuel generator. Click here ( 31 KB) for the Insurance Form.
Brief Technical Requirements
The capacity of the renewable generator must be less than the capacity of the secondary and service entrance limitations, and shall not overload the electric distribution transformer beyond the manufacturer or nameplate ratings, unless the customer reimburses the electric distribution company for its cost to modify any facilities needed to accommodate the interconnection.
SVEC requires a lockable disconnect that is capable of interrupting the maximum rated capacity of the renewable generator. This disconnect must be located within site of the SVEC revenue meter for the member, and shall be labeled to denote the renewable generator disconnect.
The installation shall comply with IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems, most recent revision and amendment, as well as all other applicable local, state, and federal regulations. Additionally, the grounding scheme must comply with IEEE 1547, and shall be consistent with the grounding scheme used by the electric distribution company. The renewable generator and inverter must be UL and IEEE 1547 listed. The customer may be required to select a grounding scheme that coordinates with the Cooperative’s electric distribution system.
The renewable fuel generator shall not create a voltage imbalance of more than 3 percent at any other customer’s revenue meter if the electric distribution company transformer, with the secondary connected to the point of interconnection, is a three-phase transformer, unless the customer reimburses the electric distribution company for its cost to modify any facilities needed to accommodate the interconnection.
All aggregated accounts transfer to non-residential rate class.
Aggregated accounts will be billed on coincidental peak.
All aggregated accounts to have meters replaced to accommodate the Cooperative’s billing structure at cost to member, as described in SVEC Net Energy Metering Rider NEM-8 ( 21 KB).
As stated in the Cooperative’s Terms and Conditions for Providing Electric Distribution Service, and as filed and approved by the State Corporation Commission, the Cooperative “will provide facilities in excess of normal service facilities (i.e., one source, one transformer installation, and one meter) provided that:
- The Applicant or Consumer pays the entire cost of the excess facilities plus a monthly maintenance charge of 10.5576 percent annually of the cost of the excess facilities provided; or
- The Applicant or Consumer pays the monthly facilities charge of 19.375 percent annually of the cost of the excess facilities provided.”
The Terms and Conditions are available here.
For additional information on net metering rules and regulations, please view the State Corporation Commission’s Order Adopting Regulations by clicking here.