Some of our environmentally-minded members consider installing and interconnecting distributed renewable generation equipment (such as wind turbines or solar panels) 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, see these 5 steps below.
Please contact us as a first step if you are interested in installing distributed generation (i.e. wind or solar). Our Engineering team can be reached by phone at 800-872-1203 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will give you information on our policies and answer any questions you may have. As with any construction decision, we suggest you perform a complete analysis of all the associated costs to determine if a return on your investment is plausible.
To facilitate an independent financial analysis, please see this Capital Cost Analysis Tool. We are happy to share your average cost per kilowatt-hour for energy purchased.
For those specifically interested in solar, check out these 10 Key Steps to Consider prepared by Touchstone Energy.
The policies our Engineering team will assist with are located here:
Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation Policy
**This policy incorporates several Attachments that are provided in the Steps below
Once you feel comfortable with how the system will integrate with Menard Electric, and have researched all the costs involved, you’ll be well prepared to find an installer.
Applying to interconnect to the Menard Electric distribution system is a key step in the process as it provides you a position in our queue. During this phase, our Engineering team will gather the specific characteristics of your project to use in performing an impact analysis of your system operating in parallel with our system.
With your authority, our Engineering team will gladly work directly with the developer you’ve chosen to design and install your system.
Be sure to fill out and return your Interconnection Application when ready.
Now that we know all the specifics of your system, we can assess its impact to ensure it interconnects correctly and safely with our system.
Our Engineering team will discuss any final details with you, or your developer if authorized. Based on the size of your system and the location of interconnection, we may need to include our Power Supplier in the analysis and approval process.
We will contact you when approval of your application is complete. We will also provide you with a written cost estimate of any equipment necessary to accommodate the interconnection, including the need for possible upgrades, improvements or operational restrictions.
Thereafter, your developer may commence installation of the system at any time.
Feel free to contact our Engineering team as your system is being installed if any questions arise. The recommended specifications for proper wiring and locating the required lockable disconnect device at the point of interconnection are available in this Diagram. It is imperative this disconnect remain open and locked until the Cooperative performs its final inspection.
Once installation is complete, BEFORE the system is energized, contact our Engineering team to make an appointment for inspection of the system.
This is also an ideal time to perform a final review of our Agreement for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation to assure you are ready for interconnection.
The day has finally arrived! A member of our Engineering team and an Area Serviceman will meet at your service location to inspect the point of interconnection; we refer to this as performing the Witness Test. Provided you have satisfied the conditions precedent in the Interconnection Agreement and provided the Cooperative finds the system safe, reliable and operationally functional, a bi-directional meter will be installed and your system will be energized.
While on-site, the Engineer will collect all charges and obtain signature(s) on the Agreement for Interconnection. A fully-executed copy of the Agreement will be returned to you, along with an Authorization to Energize Letter for your files.
You are now a proud distributed generation member of the Cooperative. Congratulations!
For those members Net Metering their electric service, your future bills will look different as you begin generating energy.
Menard Electric billing statements for net metered service locations provide 2 kilowatt-hour readings – Kwh usage “Delivered” and Kwh usage “Received.” It’s important to remember, the terms “Delivered” and “Received” reflect the Cooperative’s perspective. Delivered Kwhs represent the energy we deliver to the service location for your load. Received Kwhs represents the kilowatt-hours your generation system produced at the service location.
The net of Kwhrs Received minus Kwhrs Delivered, if positive, is Banked for the billing period. We display on the front of each billing statement the usage Banked for the period, in addition to the cumulative energy Banked for the calendar year in accordance with our Net Metering Policy.
Here are two examples of how your bill might appear:
1) Jane Doe has a large system that generated more energy than she used during the month. See her sample bill here.
2) John Doe has a smaller system that offset only a portion of his energy usage during the month. See his sample bill here.
Members interested in receiving a personalized estimate and example of a system's annual banked energy may contact us at email@example.com.