Distributed Generation Interconnection Application

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Subject to Line Extension Policy 133


Distributed Generation (DG) Interconnection Application Instructions

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 timeframe. Note: These are projected timeframes 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 Required
  • Distributed Generation Interconnection One-line diagram (blank form attached, instruction sheet attached)
  • 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.

Agreement for Interconnection of Distributed Generation

This Agreement for Interconnection of Distributed Generation (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into on _____(1 — Date), by Valley Electric Association, Inc., a Nevada non- profit cooperative corporation (“Cooperative”) and ____________________________________(2 — Name)(“DG Owner/Operator”), hereinafter referred to individually as a “Party”, or collectively, as the “Parties.”

WHEREAS, this Agreement provides for the safe and orderly operation of the electrical facilities interconnecting the DG Owner/Operator’s facility at _____________________________________(3 — Address) and the large-scale electrical distribution facility (the “Distribution Facility”) owned by the Cooperative.

WHEREAS, this Agreement does not supersede the requirements set forth in any policies, bylaws, applicable tariffs, rates, rules and regulations established by the Cooperative.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration for the mutual covenants set forth herein, the Parties agree as follows.

  1. Intent of Parties: It is the intent of the Cooperative to operate the Distribution Facility in a manner that maintains a high level of service to the Cooperative’s members and a high level of power quality. It is the intent of the DG Owner/Operator to interconnect an electric power generator (the “Generator”) to the Cooperative’s Distribution Facility. It is the intent of both Parties to operate each Party’s facilities in a way that ensures the safety of the membership, the public, and the Cooperative’s employees.
  2. Design Requirements: The Generator shall meet all applicable safety and performance standards established by the National Electric Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, all accredited testing laboratories such as Underwriter Laboratories, and where applicable, all local laws, codes, rules, and regulations.
  3. Suspension of Interconnection: The interconnection of the Generator shall not compromise the Cooperative’s Distribution Facilities or operational requirements. The operation of the Generator and the quality of electric energy supplied by the DG Owner/Operator shall meet all standards specified by the Cooperative. If the operation of the Generator or quality of electric energy supplied (in the case of power export) does not meet the Cooperative’s standards, the Cooperative will notify the DG Owner/Operator to take reasonable and expedient corrective action. The Cooperative shall have the right to disconnect the DG Owner/Operator’s System at any time until compliance of the above is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Cooperative. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Cooperative may disconnect the Generator from the Distribution Facility without notice if the Generator in any way poses a threat, in the Cooperative’s sole and absolute judgment, to persons or property.
  4. Maintenance Outages: Maintenance outages will occasionally be required on the Cooperative’s Distribution Facility, and the Cooperative will provide as much notice and planning as practical to minimize downtime. DG Owner/Operator understands and agrees that, in some emergency cases, such notice may not be practical, and therefore may not be provided by Cooperative. No Compensation will be provided for the unavailability of Cooperative’s facilities due to outages, either planned or unplanned.
  5. Access: DG Owner/Operator shall, at all times, grant Cooperative access to DG Owner/Operator’s premises for meter reading, meter maintenance, and for other such Cooperative functions. Cooperative reserves the right, but not the obligation, to inspect the DG Owner/Operator’s Generator, at any time, with or without prior notice.
  6. Indemnification: DG Owner/Operator shall assume all liability for and shall indemnify the Cooperative for any claims, demands, liabilities, causes of action, suits, judgments, losses, costs, and expenses of any kind or character with respect to the Generator, including, without limitation, in connection with the design, construction, or operation of Generator, or in connection with the Cooperative’s Distribution System, irrespective of and even though such claim, demand, liability, cause of action, suit, judgment, loss, cost or expense is based upon, or alleged to be based upon, the negligence of the Cooperative or its agents
  7. Term: This document is intended to be valid for the duration that the Generator equipment is installed. It may be canceled by either Party with not less than 30 days’ notice to the other Party.
  8. Miscellaneous: It is expressly agreed that this Agreement does not create any partnership or joint venture between the Parties. Waiver or failure of Cooperative to insist upon strict and prompt compliance or performance of any portion of this Agreement shall not constitute or be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of any other right thereafter. It is expressly agreed that this Agreement shall be deemed to have been made in the State of Nevada and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada, without regard to its choice or conflict of laws or rules. Time is of the essence with regard to every provision of this Agreement. This document constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any oral or other written communications between the representatives of the Parties, unless specifically referred to herein. This Agreement may not be modified, changed, or altered except by written agreement signed by authorized representatives of the Parties. Each and every clause of this Agreement shall be severable from each other. In the event that any particular clause herein shall be held invalid and null and void in any judicial proceeding, such finding shall have no effect on the remaining clauses. This Agreement shall not be recorded.
  9. Compliance with Cooperative’s Net Metering Policy: DG Owner/Operator acknowledges and agrees that it has received a copy of Cooperative’s Net Metering Policy, has read and reviewed the same, and agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions contained therein, as such may be amended from time to time.

VEA Policy Rule #20 — Net Metering