Renewable Energy Interconnection Steps
Please call our Holyoke office at 854-2236 and ask to speak with Tad Huser, or email us at RenewableEnergy@hea.coop . We start by calculating your maximum system size based on your average usage, as well as any potential circuit capacity constraints. This will help your contractor get started on your system design. Upon request we are happy to provide a payback analysis which includes a “year-in-the-life” billing analysis to help members understand a net metered account. At this point you will be billed a $50 charge. Please review our Net Metering Policy 6-5 and our Interconnection Standard available on our website.
Documents Required for your Project
Prior to purchasing equipment, we suggest you submit certain documents for our engineering department to approve to avoid purchasing non-conforming equipment:
- Site plan
- Single line diagram
- Specifications for your generator(s), inverter(s), and manual AC disconnect switch*
* Interconnection Standard Section 2.5 requires the disconnect switch to be located at any and all points of the interconnection with HEA.
Documentation we require members to review and, in some cases, return once completed and signed are as follows:
Contact Highline to Schedule your Energy Audit
Highline members can schedule an optional energy audit to help ensure your investment in renewable energy project pays you back as quickly as possible. A Highline Members Services representative will visit the member residence perform a basic energy audit resulting in potential recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. Please allow 10 days for appointment.
Schedule your Net Meter Installation
Once your system design and plans have been approved, we receive copies of your applicable permits, and your application and interconnection agreements have been signed, Highline will schedule a net meter installation at your point of interconnection. At this point you will be billed a $350 charge. Member does not need to be present for the meter install, please allow 10 days for installation.
Member must schedule Final System Commissioning with HEA after the final state electrical inspection is complete and the documentation is conveyed to HEA. There must be no generation on the HEA system until final commissioning is complete. Please allow 10 days for appointment.