Distributed Generation (DG) is a convenient program designed to help customers succeed in generating their own renewable electric power, while reducing their monthly electric bill. Customers may install their own renewable energy generator at their home or business, while staying connected to the reliable HBPW electric grid.
Distributed Generation helps lower your electric bill and allows you to access to the HBPW electric grid as a back up. Participating customers are responsible for purchasing, installing and maintaining their own generator.
Renewable electric power can be generated using solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, an energy storage system or qualified biomass resources.
Distributed Generation involves an electric interconnection with the HBPW system. Electric interconnections with the HBPW system require our engineers to evaluate the design, ensuring that no dangerous back feed can occur. This process is important to the safety of our linemen. There is a fee for an Interconnect Evaluation. The purpose of the fee is to help cover some of costs and the engineering time required for an Interconnect Evaluation.
Lower Your Electric Bill
Distributed Generation helps lower your electric bill. The energy you generate each month will be applied as a credit to that month's electric bill.
Distributed Generation Credits
The amount received through Distributed Generation credits is dependent on the size of the generation system.
|Category 1||Category 2||Category 3|
|Generator Size||≤ 30 kW||> 30 to ≤ 125 kW||> 125 kW to ≤ 550 kW|
|Max DG System||Annual Electric Needs||Annual Electric Needs||Annual Electric Needs|
|Inflow Rate||Customer's Current Rate||Customer's Current Rate||Customer's Current rate|
|Outflow Rate||Energy Only||Energy Only||HBPW Avoided Cost*|
|Interconnect Study||As Needed||Yes||Yes|
*Avoided Costs are the lower of Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) or least internal cost of generation.
Reliable Energy Back Up
As a Distributed Generation customer, Holland Board of Public Works provides you a reliable back up for you own power generation. DG allows you to remain connected to the grid, even though you generate electricity through your own renewable energy source. During times when more power than your eligible generator produces is needed, the extra energy is supplied to you by Holland Board of Public Works.
Interested in Renewable Energy, but DG is not for you?
Close to 15% of all power supplied by HBPW comes from renewable sources. As a HBPW customer, you are automatically getting some of your energy from renewable sources.
Elective Renewable Energy Rate
If you are interested in increasing the amount of renewable energy that you use, but do not want to install your own generator, Holland Board of Public Works offers an elective Renewable Energy Rate.
The elective Renewable Energy rate allows customers to have an even larger portion (or all) of their energy generated by renewable sources.
Complete details of the Distributed Generation program are listed in the pdf Electric Terms of Service Rate Book (648 KB) .