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Under TVA's Green Power Providers Holston Electric Cooperative members may install a solar, wind, low-impact hydropower, or biomass generation system up to 50 kilowatts. This program offers full retail value for all of the electricity produced. With the GPP program, there are two meters at the consumer’s location; the billing meter and the new generation meter measuring the power produced by the green energy system. TVA purchases 100 percent of the energy generated by the participant to support TVA’s Green Power Switch program, and a check is issued directly to the member once annually.
Step 1: Members must read the Green Power Providers Program Participation Guidelines .
Step 2: Any Holston Electric Cooperative, Inc. member planning to complete a Capacity Reservation Request Form is required to personally call or email Nathan Franklin, Director of Engineering at Holston Electric before completing the form to discuss the planned installation. Failure on behalf of the member to personally contact Mr. Franklin will result in the Capacity Reservation Request being denied.
Step 3: If approved, the member will be notified and may begin the Green Power Providers application process.
Step 4: From start to finish, the project must be complete within 180 days.
Things to know:
TVA requires that your system installer hold at minimum the associate-level certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
There is a monthly administrative fee of $15.00 once the system is online.
Member will be accessed an initial connection/trip fee of $60.00.
Other fees, including inspections and meter setting, shall be applied.
Members are required to purchase a general liablity insurance policy in the amount of $500,000 naming Holston Electric Cooperative as holding the additional interest. This may also be done through an added rider to homeowners' insurance. A copy of the insurance policy must be provided to Holston Electric Cooperative prior to system completion, and the member is required to send renewals annually to Holston Electric Cooperative.
Aid to construction fees will be charged only if applicable, as some installations require additional equipment and/or work beyond the normal scope.Fees will vary depending on the amount of work and materials required.
The contractor completing the installation must notify John Long, Holston Electric Cooperative's Director of Engineering, of the date for system start up at least four weeks prior.