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Eastern Iowa REC Renewable Energy Programs

Eastern Iowa REC has a net metering tariff available for small, appropriate-sized alternate energy projects and Cooperative members pursuing renewable energy projects can also apply for 5% loan funds for their project.  Loans are limited to 25% of the entire project cost with a cap of $3,000. 

For members seeking to establish a customer-owned generation project, the appropriate applications, agreements and tariffs are available online. Click on the appropriate informational packet below:

AEP-3  Design capacity less than 20 kW.  Net metered.
AEP-4  Design capacity larger thatn 20 kW.  Not net metered.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.  Which application is the net metered application?
A.  AEP-3

Q.  Does EILP balance the account montly or are the excess kWh's produced by the facility carried over month to month?
A.  Any excess kWh's delivered to the electrical grid by the facility shall be converted to a cash value and credited to the member-consumer as a bill credit by the Cooperative at a rate equal to the Cooperative's avoided cost for that year as defined in the PURPA regulations.

Q.  What is the current avoided cost rate?
A.  $0.03399

Q.  Are there size restrictions for net metering?
A.  Yes.  Facility name plate capacity shall be limited to no more than 20 kW and shall be sized appropriately for the member's kW demand.

Q.  Can I install a system larger than 20 kW?
A.  Yes

Q.  Will a system larger than 20 kW be net metered?
A.  No.  The meter will record kWh delivered to the member separately from those delivered to the Cooperative.  All energy delivered to the Cooperative will be registered and credit will be issued for such energy on the billing statement.

Q.  What application do I fill out for a system larger than 20 kW?
A.  AEP-4

OTHER FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT EILP ALTERNATE ENERGY PRODUCER TARIFF

EILP will not offer net metering with another discounted rate on the same account, for example an electric heat rate.

Should the member's AEP facility become in-operable and require repair, the member should notify EILP immediately.

Contact Don Roth, Eastern Iowa REC division manager of member service, for more information about renewable energy projects.  Call, toll free, 1-800-728-1242 or email: don.roth@easterniowa.com.

SOLAR ENERGY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Eastern Iowa REC members who have an interest in investing in solar energy for their home or small business have a new resource to aid in making an informed decision. The Iowa Energy Center has published the Home Series: Solar PV Energy Guide in collaboration with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, and MidAmerican Energy with information from the Office of Consumer Advocate and the Iowa Utilities Board.  The guide is organized into the following important sections – Getting Started (Doing Your Homework), Conducting a Site Assessment, Designing the Solar PV Array, Calculating the System ROI, and Constructing the Solar PV. In addition, a helpful glossary is included in the publication. Whether you are exploring a turnkey system, a do-it-yourself approach, or a combination of both, the information is presented in a series of steps and important considerations in order to arrive at the best decision for your situation.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the guide.  For a hard copy of the guide contact Don Roth, Cooperative division manager of member service, don.roth@easterniowa.com or call 800-728-1242.

 

OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY OPTIONS

Eastern Iowa REC members can also purchase energy generated from renewable resources. This program is made possible through a contract signed by the Cooperative’s wholesale power supplier, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), to purchase 2 MW of power from a wind farm in northern Iowa.

Wind energy provided under this program will be billed at your normal rate, plus a small additional charge ($2.50 per block) to cover the added cost of acquiring this renewable resource. We will sell wind generated electric energy in 100 kilowatt-hour (KWH) blocks.

To take part in the Eastern Iowa REC Renewable Energy Program contact the Cooperative by telephone, toll free, 1-800-728-1242, or via e-mail at info@easterniowa.com.

EILP RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM DATA

Eastern Iowa REC has wind turbine and solar array installed at our DeWitt service center.  The Cooperative’s wind turbine has a rated peak capacity of 2.4 kW. The solar array has a rated peak capacity of 3.1 kW.  Click here to read about Performance Data from these facilities.

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