Small Wind/Solar Generators

small wind and solar generatorsCurrently, there is a lot of public interest in using wind or solar to power home and farm generators. Northeast Power has prepared the following documents to help customers decide if investing in wind or solar power is feasible.

The staff at Northeast Power are not experts on wind or solar generators and cannot comment on the viability of any installation. We have retained outside experts to help us with these documents and in setting the application process. Our intentions are to allow potential investors in distributed generation to have the information needed to make a decision based on facts.

Interconnection Documents

The documents below are the most current versions revised to comply with all Federal Regulations. It is the intent of Northeast Power to comply with all applicable regulations governing the interconnection of wind or solar generators and the payment for any energy produced.

  • Project Interconnection Agreement (PDF) — Sets out the responsibilities of each party when connecting a generator to the electric system and the terms of any sales to Northeast Power.
  • Project Manual (PDF) — Overview of the requirements and process of connecting a wind or solar generator to the electric system.
  • Rate Schedule AC-1 (PDF) — Rate Schedule AC-1 applies to Northeast Power (“Northeast Power”) Customers that own and operate a non-dispatchable DG Facility, not exceeding a total nameplate rating 25 kilowatts and which is located on the Customer’s premises; produces energy mainly for consumption on-site; is interconnected and operates in parallel with Northeast Power’s existing facilities, and is measured by Northeast Power at a single metered facility located at the immediate interconnection point of the Customer’s generating facility.
  • Interconnection Application (PDF)
  • Policy Bulletin for Net Metering of Energy Use (PDF) – For accounts with customer-owned generation powered by renewable sources of energy.

Requirements

Connecting a commercial generator to a high voltage electric system is not always an easy job. A wind or solar generator doesn’t have to be connected to the electric company, but if it is to be connected, there are requirements to ensure the safety of our linemen and to properly meter and pay for any energy that goes out onto the electric wires.

Rates

Northeast Power doesn’t make any electricity, so we are not in competition with any potential wind or solar generator. Fairness to all ratepayers requires that we pay no more or no less for electricity from renewable power than is available through our regular wholesale energy provider. The amount Northeast Power will pay is detailed in the following Rate Schedule AC-1 (PDF).