GETTING STARTED WITH SOLAR
HARNESSING THE SUN
Generating solar power is a significant and complex undertaking. You want your system to meet safety specifications that protect your family, home and community. We'll help you interconnect your array with Southwestern Electric's power grid safely and efficiently.
Your solar array will be connected to Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s distribution system. At times, your project may deliver energy to the grid using our power lines. Faulty equipment, improper installation and maintenance issues can endanger lives and compromise the integrity of your system and our grid. We’ll work with you to ensure your array interacts safely with Southwestern Electric's distribution system.
CONTACT SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC
The information we’ve provided here will help you prevent delays and avoid unnecessary expenses. We encourage you to call or email us with questions. Please contact Julie Lowe, energy manager, at (800) 637-8667 or email@example.com.
SOLAR PROJECT FAQs
WHAT ARE MY FIRST STEPS?
Before you invest in a solar energy system, contact Southwestern Electric Cooperative. We’ll provide information to help you make informed decisions, and send documentation you’ll share with your contractors and insurance agent.
You may want to improve your home's energy efficiency by adding insulation, caulking around doors and windows, and using LED lighting. Investing in energy efficiency beforehand may reduce your energy use and the size of the system required to meet your needs.
HOW MUCH WILL MY PROJECT COST?
Expenses vary from one installation to the next. A system’s rating, manufacturer, the complexity of the installation, and contractor costs affect your overall investment. Ask your installer about tax credits that may help you offset the cost of your system.
WILL SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC BUY THE POWER I GENERATE?
If you generate more power than you use in a month, Southwestern Electric will credit your account at a rate of 3.770 cents per kilowatt-hour (rate valid as of 1/2021. Call for current rate). That credit will be applied to your bill in a subsequent month. Cogeneration credits are valid during the year they’re generated. For example, if you generate more power than you use in January, you’ll keep that credit until we can apply it later in the year. All cogeneration credits expire April 30, regardless of when they were earned. Southwestern doesn’t issue checks for the energy you generate, so to get the greatest value from your system, you’ll want to design it with the energy needs of your home in mind.
For more information on the responsibilities, requirements and benefits of being a Southwestern member with cogeneration facilities, read our member-owned interconnected cogeneration policy.
Please review the terms and conditions related to interconnecting your solar array with Southwestern Electric's distribution system.