Solar Interconnect

Solar Interconnect



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New solar systems will be interconnected to the Blue Ridge Electric system under the Net Billing Rider.  A member will receive an Excess Energy Credit for the energy produced by the system that is not consumed in the home each month.  The established Value of Renewable Generation to the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative system is $0.051/kWh.





We recommend that the Member neither install a solar system, nor enter into any associated financial obligations, until after the Cooperative has evaluated and approved the proposed system.


1. The Member will submit the completed Application to Interconnect along with the following:

a. Application fee ($150.00 residential, $250.00 nonresidential) 

b. Proof of personal-liability insurance ($100,000.00 minimum) 

c. One-line diagram for proposed system installation and connection 

d. Site Plan: depicting roof pitch, Azimuth, location of ground mount on the property showing pitch and Azimuth.



Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative 

P.O. Box 277 

Pickens, South Carolina 29671 

ATTN: Stephen Strickland 


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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative 

734 West Main Street

Pickens, South Carolina 29671 

ATTN: Stephen Strickland 


Upon receipt of the completed Application to Interconnect and the accompanying application-fee payment, proof of personal-liability insurance, the one-line diagram and a site plan for the proposed solar system installation and connection, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will undertake the following:


1. Site visit to review location of solar system; advise our Member if we observe any concerns related to issues of shading or the physical location of system.


2. Confer with the Member to ensure a clear understanding of “Net Billing”.


3. Review the application to determine that the proposed system meets the Interconnection Standard. 

a. The Member will be notified of needed adjustments to meet the standard. 

b. Any modified/altered designs will then need to be resubmitted for approval. 


4. Mail a letter to both the Member and solar company, certifying the system and providing notice of approval to go forward with the installation. (Once the system has been installed and released by the county having jurisdiction, the Member will then be responsible for notifying the Cooperative to proceed with the metering modifications.)


5. Schedule a time to verify that the installed system meets the Interconnection Standard. 

a. Typically, verification occurs within two weeks after the Member has notified the Cooperative. 

b. The Member will be notified of any modifications required to meet the standard. 

c. Meter will be updated during the next billing cycle.


6. Commission the installation of a pre-programmed, bi-directional, net-metering unit, once the installed solar system has received the required verification. 


Effective 8/1/2019