Renewable Energy Systems
Are you interested in finding out more about renewable energy and interconnecting with Blue Ridge Electric? Review the following information and documents provided. And because energy technology and processes are continually changing, we highly recommend that you and/or your contractor contact the Cooperative prior to starting the installation to review the various requirements and options.
Interconnection Forms and Procedures for Renewable Energy Systems
Up To 25,000 watts (25kW) in Size
Listed below is information pertaining to interconnection of renewable energy systems up to 25,000 watts (25kW) in size to the Blue Ridge Electric grid. If you are considering interconnection; please review this information and associated documents with your renewable system contractor prior to submitting the interconnection request. And because energy technology and processes are continually changing, we highly recommend that you and/or your contractor contact the Cooperative prior to starting the installation to review the various requirements and options.
You should also contact the local (County or Municipality) Building Inspections Department to determine if the project requires a building permit or electrical alteration permit, the use of a licensed electrical contractor, and a final electrical inspection prior to interconnection of the renewable energy system to the Cooperative’s grid through an electric meter.
Blue Ridge will NOT schedule a final inspection, perform a test of the inverter, and install the meter until the local building and/or electrical inspector has approved the installation and a copy of their report has been provided to the Cooperative. You should also be advised that several counties (Ashe and Watauga) in the service area require a wind system permit prior to construction.
Contact information at Blue Ridge Electric: Rand Smith, electric services manager, at 800-451-5474, or through your local Blue Ridge Electric office.