Distributed Generation Interconnection
In some cases, cooperative members and patrons may become interested in installing their own electric power generation equipment. In these cases, the Cooperative stands ready to work with you to ensure that your generation equipment is installed in a proper and safe manner, and in accordance with all applicable codes, standards, regulations, laws and insurance requirements. In most of these cases, you will also need to coordinate the installation and approval of your electric power generator with the state electrical inspector. Ensuring your safety, that of electrical utility workers and the public is of the utmost importance regarding generator systems.
If you’re a member and are interested in interconnected solar or wind generation, call Beltrami Electric Cooperative at 218-444-2540 or 800-955-6083. Understand that there are rules concerning proper equipment, safety, liability and energy reimbursement. Please contact us before you start your project.
In order to be compliant you must complete and return several documents. Please look over the following documents and call with any questions you may have. The Application for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of DG is the starting point to gather technical and safety information about your planned installation. The application fee for extended Parallel systems less than or equal to 20 kW is $100 and those greater than 20 kW and less than or equal to 250 kW is $500. Other systems may have other fee amounts and systems requiring engineering studies may also have engineering fees.
Our engineering department will review and evaluate the collected information to determine that utility safety and operation standards are met. Any interconnection issues that engineering determines are present must then be addressed.
After the Application is approved, the Cooperative Agreement for Cogeneration and Small Power Production Facilities must be completed and signed. Proof of Liability Insurance must be provided and kept up to date. The installation must be commissioned and safety inspections completed by the cooperative and State Electrical Inspector.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative's documents related to Distributed Generation (DG) are available here:
- Member Guidelines for Electric Power Generator Installation and Interconnection
- Beltrami Electric Cooperative's Distributed Generation Procedures
- Beltrami Electric Cooperative's Application for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation with the Utility System and/or Generator Installation.
- Cooperative Agreement for Cogeneration and Small Power Production Facilities
- Beltrami Electric Cooperative's Cogeneration and Small Power Production Tariff
- Beltrami Electric Cooperative's Cogeneration Rules Implementing 216B.164