Micro-gen/ Renewable or Alternate Energy Sources
The following outlines the process if you want to connect a Micro-generation unit to our distribution system. Micro-generating units are sized to offset all, or a portion of your total energy consumption and is less than 5 MW. Albertans that want to generate electricity to earn revenue, and not for their own use, are considered commercial generators and do not meet the requirements to be a micro-generator.
If you are interested in solar or other technologies that qualify as micro-generation please follow the steps below. Visit the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) website for more information.
The Application Process
1. A City of Red Deer Micro-gen application must be filled out by you or your representative and submitted to the Electric Light & Power Department.
- All information must be included on the application, including Site ID, consultant information, generation size, etc.
- A single line drawing of the equipment must be included as well as a site plan for the installation and a manual for the panels and inverters.
- An electrical distribution engineer at The City of Red Deer will then process the application.
- To have an application sent to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or print off the Micro-generation Application - Form A (pdf) .
2. If the application meets all requirements, including mandatory hardware requirements on voltage and frequency ride-through criteria for installation capacity greater than 150 kW, we will produce an Interconnection Agreement over 150 kW (pdf) . A copy of this agreement will be sent to you or your representative to be signed. Once signed, the agreement can be sent by email to (email@example.com) or by standard mail to:
City of Red Deer
Attn: Electric Light & Power Department
Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4
3. Once the agreement is signed by the EL&P Manager, a letter is provided to you or your representative so you can apply for a solar permit at Inspections and Licensing.
What else should I know?
- Once the installation is complete you must book the final inspection through Inspections and Licensing (403-342-8190). Please note: Electric Light & Power must be called at least two days in advance of the final inspection so we can send the application to the AUC for final documentation.
- After the final inspection has been passed, you must send a copy of the inspection to the Electric Light & Power Department. A service order will be put into the system for a meter exchange and an appointment will be booked for the new meter install. Once installed, the new bi-directional meter will start measuring the exported electricity. You are responsible for contacting your retailer to arrange for electricity compensation.
- Any unused or surplus power generated and sent to the distribution system will be reflected on your power bill in the form of a credit. For small Micro-generation (less than 150 kW), you will receive a credit for any electric energy supplied back to the grid at your retailer’s energy rate. For large Micro-generation (greater or equal to 150 kW but not exceeding 5 MW), you receive a credit for any electric energy supplied back to the grid at the hourly pool price.
- For generation applications outside of this scope, an alternate process must be followed as outlined by the AUC. Details on the AUC process can be found on the AUC website.