On January 1, a new notification requirement will go into effect that applies to owners of alternate energy production facilities that will be attached to an electric transmission or distribution line. Alternate energy production facilities are defined as solar, wind turbine, waste management, resource recovery, refuse-derived fuel, agricultural crops or residues, or wood-burning facilities used to generate electricity.
Under this new requirement, the owner of the facility, no matter how small (solar powered heat pumps for example), is required to provide written notification to his or her utility of the intent to construct or install the facility at least 30 days prior to construction. In the written notice the owner must provide information on the type of facility and the anticipated completion date of the construction.
ECI REC has put together a Standard Application and Interconnection Agreement form to help with this new requirement. You can download the form at this page.