Some of our environmentally-minded members consider installing and interconnecting distributed renewable generation equipment behind their retail service meter to offset a portion of their electricity usage.
Menard Electric encourages member-owned generation (also known as distributed generation) if installed in a safe, cost effective, and environmentally-friendly manner. If you are considering installation of distributed generation, we suggest a complete analysis of all the costs to determine if a return on your investment is plausible.
This brochure could be a good starting point to help with that analysis; you'll want to consider any upfront or yearly incentives as well.
Installing Distributed Generation
Cooperative policy requires members contact us for approval before installing a distributed generation system so we can ensure the interconnection and parallel operation is safe, reliable, and properly metered. We must also study the feasibility of the installation and in some cases apply system upgrades in accordance with our Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation Policy. Several attachments are associated with this policy, including: Interconnection Application, System Data Characteristics, Agreement for Interconnection between Member and Co-op, and Authorization to Energize letter that co-op would provide to member. The policy and associated documents are used by the co-op regardless of the size of the generation system being interconnected.
Menard Electric offers net metering to its members for distributed generation systems up to 10 kw in rated capacity according to our Net Metering Policy.
Members interested in installing a distributed generation system larger than 10 kw in the Co-op’s service territory can refer to our policy for the Interconnection of and Service to Qualifying Facilities under PURPA.
Bright Options Solar
Another option for members is the Bright Options Solar program through our wholesale power provider Prairie Power Inc. With Bright Options Solar you can choose to have a portion of your energy come from solar power. You may choose to have $12, $24, $36 to appear as a separate line item on your bill. This is added to your bill in addition to all other charges.