Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative supports a balanced mix of resources for generating power, utilizing traditional means as well as emerging renewable technologies such as Green Power and Solar Interconnect.
An Application for Interconnection and the Interconnect Agreement must be filled out for approval of the system, and an application fee of $100 for residential and $250 for commercial/industrial must be submitted with each application. Additionally, prior to Blue Ridge's approval and system testing, a copy of proof that the system has been inspected and approved by the local building codes department is required. Finally, an outside disconnect for the solar system should be installed in close proximity to the meter.
If a Blue Ridge member decides to install a renewable power system for their home or business, the process to interconnect that system with Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative get started here with these downloadable PDF documents:
Net Metering Rider that discusses the rate aspect for these connections
Typical System Diagram with Notes
Distributed Generation Application and Interconnect Agreement
How to fill out the Application and Interconnect Agreement (example)
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"The site was created as a resource for co-ops and their members," says Lindsey Smith, vice president of education at the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., the state trade association for the state's co-ops." As co-ops make decisions about their respective solar policies or product design, mySCsolar.com will be updated to reflect them."
The website includes information about solar basics, finding an experienced, certified contractor to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a "Do the Math" page that gives tips to size a PV system for a home, information about financing and tax incentives and a calculator to determine estimated costs and savings.
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