Connecting Your Renewable Energy System to the Grid
Interest in renewable energy and distributed generation with small solar and wind systems is growing. Because of the technical and safety requirements involved, be sure to contact LREC for assistance when you begin planning your project. Your system must meet LREC requirements and be approved and certified by a Minnesota licensed electrical inspector.
Documentation for Interconnection
The documents below include applications and information necessary for members installing wind or solar systems of less than 40 KW to interconnect with the LREC electrical system.
- LREC Interconnect Metering Schematic
- MN Interconnection Process – Cooperative Dispute Authority
- LREC Interconnection Requirements
- Net Energy Billing Service Rate (Renewable Purchase Rates)
- Policy 407A-Addenda A, PURPA Qualifying Facilities-Joint Implementation Plan
Other valuable information regarding solar and wind energy is available through the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.
Notice to Distributed Generation Facilities
In compliance with Minnesota adopted rules relating to Cogeneration and Small Power Production, Chapter 7835, Lake Region Electric Cooperative is required to interconnect with and purchase electricity from co-generators and small power producers that satisfy the conditions of a Qualifying Facility*.
Lake Region has available and will provide free information to all interested members regarding rates and interconnection requirements. An application for interconnection is required for a Qualifying Facility to interconnect and operate in parallel with the cooperative’s distribution system and is subject to the approval by the cooperative.
*A Qualifying Facility is a generation system that meets the requirements of the federal PURPA rules (“Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act - 1978”). These facilities are powered by renewable resources, such as solar, wind, hydro and biomass. Diesel fueled and gas fueled generators are not qualifying facilities under the PURPA rules.