Distributed Generation Interconnection

Distributed Generation Interconnection Application (PDF Version)

Completed Application Packets should be mailed to: 
Attn: Rhonda Stout
Valley Electric Association
800 E. Highway 372
Pahrump, NV 89048


Distributed Generation (DG) Interconnection Application Instructions

VEA supports the development of distributed generation (DG). However, particular attention must be paid to the proper and safe installation as well as the operation. The consequence of an improper or unsafe installation can be deadly. Therefore the following shall apply to all DG interconnections to VEA’s distribution system.

  1. A nonrefundable $300 engineering fee must be received by VEA before initial review and approval.
  2. The member owner/operator is solely responsible for the installation, maintenance and safety of the wiring and equipment. VEA shall not in any way be liable for any accident or damages occurring to the customer or to third parties because of contact with or failure of any portion of the member’s
  3. VEA must be notified prior to any interconnection of such equipment. Failure to do so may result in a service charge as per Corporate Policy 132– Tampering w/ Association Equipment.
  4. The member must install a UL approved, lockable, visible break, blade type disconnect as required by VEA.
  5. Meters are owned and installed by VEA and shall be sealed with locking rings and meter seals. VEA’s meter must be accessible and located outside the building per Corporate Policy 129Meter Installation.
  6. The Distributed Generation Interconnection Application expires 180 days from submittal. An incomplete application will not be processed and if the application is not corrected within 30 days, the application will be canceled, and the application fee will be forfeited. An extension of the application deadline may be permitted if progress or delays are justified.
  7. Tampering with or damaging VEA’s equipment will result in the disconnection of service. Reconnection of service will occur when the following conditions are met;
    – Member must pay for all damages to VEA’s equipment due to interference with the meter prior to service reconnection.
    – Member must pay for reconnection of service in accordance with the provisions of Corporate  Policy  127  –  Reconnection   and   Administrative   Charges prior to service reconnection.
    – Member must agree to comply with reasonable requirements to protect VEA from future losses.
    – Member will be billed and must remit payment for un-metered electrical energy estimate by VEA as used at the service location.

VEA will purchase electricity generated by our members in accordance with Corporate Policy 136 – Net Metering Policy
Subject to Corporate Policy 133 – Line Extension Policy


 

VEA has prepared this document to provide you with the appropriate time frame expected from start to finish of the project. The process is as follows:

  • Submit completed DG application to the front office with Engineering fee.
  • Customer Service / Accounting Department: Up to 4 weeks to process application.
  • Engineering Department: Up to 6 weeks to conduct application review and pre-construction site meet.
    • If no system upgrade is required, up to 2 additional weeks for final approval for construction.
    • If system upgrade is required, up to 8 additional weeks for final approval for construction after construction’s payments is made.
  • Meter Department: Up to 8 weeks for Net Meter change out.
    • If the system is energized before VEA installs the Net Meter; this could result in a loss of generated kWh credit to the account.

Overall, expect 20-26 weeks from start to finish for VEA’s time frame. Note: These are projected time frames which fluctuations may occur.

Application Package

Submit the following original completed documents to VEA:

  • Construction Application for Electric Service – Signature Required
  • Property Owner Release – Signature Required
  • DG Interconnection Application – Signature Required
  • Agreement for Interconnection of DG – Signature & Notary Required
  • Distributed Generation Interconnection One-line diagram
  • Non-Refundable $300 Engineering fee

Note: Signatures on the application is for the Homeowner only.

Application will expire 9 months from the date of submission unless VEA is provided written or verbal explanation for delays in construction completion.

Installation

Do not begin installation until the $300 nonrefundable application fee has been received, and the application has been reviewed by VEA. Additionally, do not begin operation until VEA has inspected and approved the system.

Failure to acquire VEA’s inspection and approval could result in the immediate disconnection of the Member’s service until such time that a VEA inspection and approval can be acquired.

Inspection

VEA will perform an initial inspection before construction of the distributed generation system can begin. After the system is constructed, an additional inspection will be performed before the installation of the Net Meter.

When system installation is completed, contact VEA at dg@vea.coop. to notify the Utility you are ready for an inspection.

Upon inspection, if the equipment does not reflect the information given in the Distributed Generation Interconnection One-Line diagram, VEA will notify the contractor and/or member to correct the information on the Distributed Generation Interconnection One-Line diagram.

If safety requirements of equipment are not met, VEA will notify the contractor and/or member to make any necessary corrections. After the corrections are made, a re-inspection will be conducted.

Note: VEA must be notified after any modifications made to the system after the original submittal of the Distributed Generation Interconnection One-Line diagram. VEA has to re-evaluate the system size and equipment to make sure it does not compromise the system.

Where applicable a permit may be required by the local government.

Note: Energy that flows onto VEA’s system will be purchased by VEA in accordance with VEA’s Net Metering Policy. VEA Corporate Policy 136— Net Metering