Cooperative members across North Carolina are increasingly interested in harnessing the power of the sun to power their homes. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are responding to the changing needs of our members, and we are working to incorporate renewable energy sources to our energy mix while also keeping costs as low as possible.
Solar generation is available only when the sun is shining, but it’s our job to make sure you have reliable, dependable power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine, day and night. That’s why we must maintain an infrastructure (the “grid”) to meet energy needs and ensure an uninterrupted flow of energy, regardless of the weather.
If you are considering installing solar panels on the roof of your home then the size is likely to range from 1kW to 20kW and our local office can give you the paperwork to assist you through the process (or download it here). Most customers work with their solar vendor to assist with the paperwork and the coordination of panel installation, electrical wiring, and setting up the inspection of the work with the appropriate county inspections office. There is a one-time $100 application fee that must be submitted to JOEMC for this type of project which would need to be paid with the completed application.
If your planned solar facility is greater than 20 kW to 500 kW it will require a separate interconnection to the electrical system and a capacity study is required. JOEMC will provide you with the paperwork you will need to apply for this size of interconnection (or download it here). There is a one-time $250 application fee that must be submitted to JOEMC for this type of project which would need to be paid with the completed application.
If you are considering turning large acres of land into a solar farm and the size of the project will be greater than 500kW, JOEMC can provide you with the paperwork to get the process started (you’ll need to call the office at (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515). A $1,000 deposit for initiating a facilities impact study agreement is required as an engineering study must be performed for this size of the project. With a facility of this size (or greater), the purchase power agreements would be through JOEMC’s power supplier, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) located in Raleigh, NC. The interconnection agreement and interconnection facilities would be with JOEMC.
Regardless of the solar facility size, any modifications or construction costs to the JOEMC’s distribution will be paid by the owner and required prior to interconnection. The interconnection standards and agreements also include other requirements of owning a grid-tied solar installation.
If you’re thinking of installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at your home, give us a call at (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 and we can provide more information about the process. You can also visit our Resources & Links page for additional information and websites to assist you.