The first four steps that OPPD has stated it is undertaking to provide customer-owners with the information and tools they need to “go solar” are posted on our Home Page. These will make the solar installation process more streamlined and cost-effective for installers, code inspectors, and customers. Additionally, OPPD is moving forward on community solar development. (See August 5th update, below).
OPPD is to be commended for taking each one of these steps for all customer owners who want to install a solar system on their homes and/or businesses or who wish to participate in a community solar program.
- OPPD plans to offer solar installers and code inspectors training on the interconnection process and is currently reviewing three major items prior to that effort. They are:
- OPPD Distributed Generation (DG) Manual: This document provides the guidance and specifications that inter-connected systems, such as solar arrays, are required to meet prior to going “on-line.”
- The ConnectDER: OPPD is evaluating hardware which has the potential of creating a “fast track” for residential (net metering) solar applications. This equipment has been reviewed for acceptance by OPPD engineering and metering personnel and is currently being evaluated by our field operations and safety personnel. ConnectDER Video. See the next post for more information about this innovative product.
- OPPD Website: Renovation of the Distributed Generation portion of OPPD’s website.
- OPPD has met with representatives from 12 different stakeholder groups, including Nebraskans for Solar, to discuss concepts for community solar projects, and has now issued a Non-Sealed Bid Request for Community Solar Proposals (August 5th Update):
Photo: Solar farm on a former landfill. Credit: Energy Center