The information listed below is provided to help members learn more about wind and solar energy. There are many factors to consider when installing a renewable energy source and we encourage members to contact us when weighing options to help them make an informed choice.
Effective May 1, 2016, People’s Energy Cooperative (PEC) implemented a Distribution Generation Grid Access Fee on new or expanded distributed generation systems (wind, solar, etc.) interconnected to the Cooperative’s electric system in accordance with Minnesota Statute 261B.164. Systems interconnected with PEC prior to May 1, 2016, are not affected unless capacity is added. Additional capacity will be subject to the fee.
The access fee will be applied monthly at $3.03 per kW for each kW the facility’s nameplate is above 3.5 kW to a maximum of $27.00 per month. For example, a 5 kW system would be charged for only 1.5 kW, which equates to $4.55 per month. The Cooperative will review the fee annually and provide notice of any changes. This fee is not intended to discourage development of distributed generation within the PEC service territory. It is simply to recover costs for the system, done in a fair and equitable manner.
PEC Wind Information
PEC Solar/PV Information
Forms and Documents
- DRAFT Cooperative Rules Implementing 216B.164
- Statewide Contract Form
- Interconnection Application
- Engineering Data Submittal
- Metering Diagram
- People's Energy Cooperative Interconnection Requirements
- Renewable Rate Schedule (effective May 2017)
Other Renewable Resources
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency