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On-site Generation Guide

Informational Guide for On-site Generation Now Available

If you’re thinking about installing a solar or wind electric generation system for your home or business, we encourage you to take a look at the newly released Informational Guide for On-site Generation, distributed by the Iowa Utilities Board. “This new information guide will help our member-owners walk through a detailed check list of questions and important considerations before financially investing in a system,” says John Allen, Director of Member Services at Southwest Iowa REC.

The guide prompts consumers to consider their energy-related goals, legal requirements, and insurance issues before installing on-site generation. The guide also provides consumers with a list of information to gather and questions to ask during the process. 

The guide was compiled from input provided by stakeholders, including Iowa’s electric cooperatives, and is intended to help Iowans make wise choices and to consider all of the legal and financial requirements that are involved with distributed generation. To download a free copy of the Informational Guide for On-site Generation, click here.

As they recommend in the Informational Guide, if your primary goal is to reduce your monthly electric bill, consider an energy audit to uncover potential energy efficient improvements.  Southwest Iowa REC provides free energy audits to its Residential members.  Implementing energy efficiency before installing a solar or wind system can save you money by reducing your overall energy or water consumption, which subsequently reduces the size of the distributed generation system you'll need to meet your energy needs.

We encourage you to contact Director of Member Services Tim Pfeiffer at (888) 220-4869 tim.pfeiffer@swiarec.coop early on in the process if you’re thinking about installing an on-site generation system, including solar panels or a wind turbine. As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, we’re here to help you make informed decisions about how you use energy.

To ensure your own safety and that of your fellow cooperative member-owners, you are required to notify Southwest Iowa REC if you intend to install a distributed generation system and under Iowa law, an interconnection agreement must be in place. 

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