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Yes. The City of Stillwater wants renewable energy in our community. In fact, one of the City's strategic priorities is to provide reliable utility service that meets the needs of today's customers as well as to anticipate future ones, which means including renewables like wind and solar.
Any energy returned to the grid is credited at the wholesale energy rate. Distributed Generation (DG) customers also purchase any energy they receive from the grid at the wholesale rate, while customers without DG pay the retail rate. To help the utility cover fixed costs, DG customers will be charged a monthly service availability fee.
Community solar (also known as a solar farm) is a shared resource that solar production can be purchased from. Portions of community solar farms can also be owned by community members. This option would provide renewable energy options to those who might be unable or unwilling to install an onsite DG system (renters, people who do not have the space for their own system, those who can't keep up with maintenance requirements, etc.)
Interested in learning more? Watch our Community Solar and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) workshop.
Distributed Generation refers to an Energy Producing System that is located at or near where the energy will be used, such as solar panels on a house.
In a residential setting, common distributed generation systems include:
Download the Residential Renewable Energy Resources Permit Packet (PDF) for more information about DG interconnection in Stillwater.
Net Energy Metering (NEM) is the rate structure the City uses to bill Distributed Generation (DG) customers. With NEM, the customer’s energy usage is netted out. For example, if you produce more energy than you need, the excess will be put into the grid and you will be credited. When your system is not producing enough energy to match your consumption (like at night), you would purchase your energy from the grid. Read the Net Energy Metering Distributed Generation Tariff (PDF) for an in-depth look at the City’s NEM with a Fixed Wires Fee rate structure.
Before you install a DG system you will need to:
Then you're all set to start generating energy!
Stillwater Electric Utility has a Platinum Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation and is dedicated to providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. These requirements are in place to address issues of safety, grid integrity, and cost fairness. They ensure we can (1) protect the safety of customers and City employees; (2) maintain the integrity of the grid; (3) establish mechanisms to ensure that each customer shares appropriately in the costs.