Red River Valley Co-op Power will assist members in interconnecting their own electric generation equipment (typically solar or wind) with our electric distribution system provided safeguards are followed. RRVCPA follows the Minnesota statewide standards for interconnection. Your co-op's policy, contract, processes, requirements, application and charges are listed to help you understand the process. Please keep in mind, this webpage will not be completely finished until your cooperative has finished its requirements of approving required policy changes that must be implemented by June 1, 2019.
Before connecting your generation to our system the following requirements must be completed:
- Complete the application describing proposed co-generation equipment and submit to RRVCPA along with submittal fee. You must also complete the contract and receive approval before starting.
- Any co-generation system must have a UL-Listed inverter with automatic shutdown or UL-listed automatic shutdown device for safety reasons when the system is connected to the grid. This means there will be no danger to line crews working on the line during a power outage because the co-generation equipment will automatically disconnect from the grid.
- A second disconnect is also required that must be accessible to RRVCPA line crews. This disconnect must be easily accessible, visibly marked, labeled as such and be code approved. This is the members’ responsibility to install.
- Per State statute, the member is responsible for interconnection costs. You will be asked to pay in advance. If the cost is less, you receive a refund. If the cost is more, you will be billed the additional cost. You will also be responsible for the cost of maintenance and inspections in the future.
- Prior to your system being commissioned, RRVCPA will test the automatic shutdown of your system to ensure safety. The installation has to be state inspected prior to commissioning and follow the National Electric Code.
- Per statute, the member is required to have $300,000 of liability insurance and provide proof.
- Any net excess energy your system produces at the end of each billing month put back on the distribution system will be credited at a calculated rate. The rate is adjusted annually.
- If Minnesota changes its laws governing the interconnection process, you may be required to change the system to match as well.
- If you have off-peak metering that is subtractive (kWh subtracted off the main meter), you will be required to change that metering to non-subtractive metering at your expense or retire the off-peak.
- You also need to be aware that per Minnesota statute and its own policy, Red River Valley Co-op Power reserves the right to charge a distributed access fee in the near future. In fact, policy adopted by the Board on 3/19/2018 as allowed under Minnesota statute 216B speaks to this right.
DG Rate credited to members for excess production
The revenue class of the service your DG system is connected to determines the rate RRVCPA will pay the member for excess production put back onto the distribution grid. These rates are adjusted annually per Minnesota statute 216B. The rates per revenue class are as follows:
- Revenue class 1 - 10.5 cents per kWh
- Revenue class 2 - 11.3 cents per kWh
- Revenue class 3 - 9.9 cents per kWh
- Revenue class 4 - 8.6 cents per kWh
- Revenue class 5 - 10.7 cents per kWh
- Revenue class 6 - 10.1 cents per kWh