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Considering Solar?

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Considering Solar?

Every large purchase requires thorough considerations and careful planning. Buying and installing solar panels is no exception. To avoid overspending, it is especially crucial to do accurate calculations and surround yourself with knowledgeable professionals. That’s where we come in. We’ve supplied the following steps to ensure that our members make the right choice when it comes to installing a form of power generation, like solar.


Step 1: decide if solar is right for you

This is not always an easy answer. Read our Solar FAQs and other resources before making the decision on whether solar energy is right for you.

Solar FAQs


Step 2 – Contact WRVEC professionals

As your electric cooperative, we are your source for energy and information. With more than 230 WRVEC members opting for net metering, we know a thing or two about solar PV systems. If you would like to install and operate power generation on the WRVEC system, we recommend you review the following:

  • Make your home more energy efficient before buying a solar system. This can cut energy usage and potentially reduce the size of your new solar energy system – saving you money.
  • Call our team to answer questions, provide resource materials, and determine your energy needs.
  • Choose a reputable contractor/installer. It’s important to compare bids, check references and examine contracts before committing.
  • Make sure, prior to any purchase, that you have applied with WRVEC to interconnect your power generation and that you have met all requirements. (See Step 3)
  • Maintain good records of all pre-purchase and post-purchase data. You never know when that will come in handy.


Step 3 – Make a Formal Application to WRVEC

You can start the process by submitting the appropriate application, as well as ensuring the technology you choose meets requirements. It is likely you will have to get the vendor involved in submitting the application.

Upon receipt of the application and other required documentation, our engineer will review the application for approval. If your application is denied, WRVEC will provide information as to the requirements for approval. Further interconnection studies may need to be executed depending on system size and requirements.

Once approved by WRVEC, the Interconnection Agreement shall be executed and any costs due to WRVEC will need to be paid prior to implementation. Prior to physical interconnection, a WRVEC representative will inspect for proper operation and installation.


Step 4: Or would you like to buy Green power from WRVEC?

Created in 2004, our Green Power Program limits carbon emissions by sourcing energy from solar, hydro, geothermal, and biomass resources. The sources are converted directly to heat or electricity which is then distributed to our members who choose to be program participants.

Members may purchase electricity under the program in 100 kWh blocks at a rate of $3.50 per block. As many blocks as desired may be bought, but members must make a 12-month commitment to participate in the program. This additional charge will be added to the member’s monthly bill.

There is no noticeable difference in electric service with the Green Power Program. The renewable energy purchased by the members of WRVEC is pooled with other participants from our Generation and Transmission Company, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. So while WRVEC cannot guarantee that those very electrons a member purchases through the program will be the same ones that flow through that member’s meter, WRVEC can guarantee that the amount purchased will be delivered on our power grid. By choosing renewable energy, you are supporting the development of renewable energy sources – which is a benefit for everyone.


Solar FAQ