People’s Electric Cooperative (PEC) is responsible for maintaining a safe, reliable electric grid to power the communities we serve. PEC is also a supporter of renewable energy resources. A large portion of PEC’s annual energy purchases are from renewable generators.
As an increasing number of members consider options to install grid-connected distributed generation (DG) systems, like solar panels or small wind turbines, we are prepared to assist members while still maintaining the safety of the grid.
Before You Install a DG System
Grid connected energy systems allow you to power your home with renewable energy. In most cases, these systems have the ability to feed excess power back onto PEC’s electrical grid. If a storm hits and a power outage occurs, distributed generation systems must be able to properly disconnect from the grid to ensure line workers are not injured or electrocuted while restoring power.
In order to maintain the integrity of our electrical grid, PEC requires the following: 1) an Interconnection Agreement signed by the member; 2) an inspection completed by a PEC engineer; and 3) a disconnect switch installed between your system and PEC’s meter.
IMPORTANT: Co-op members who are interested in installing a DG System at their home or business should contact PEC prior to installation.
DG System FAQ
Yes. Since the use of such consumer-side generation may push back energy onto PEC's system, it's important that you speak with a Member Account Manager prior to installing distributed generation.
The first step is to contact PEC.
An interconnection agreement must be reviewed and signed before your distributed generation system is connected to the electric grid. The agreement is intended to ensure safe, reliable, and quality electric service for all.
The way we generate and use electricity is evolving. Let’s work together to ensure a safe, reliable electric system. If you have questions about grid-connected generation systems, please contact our Member Services Department.