Distributed Generation (DG) is a convenient program designed to help customers succeed in generating their own renewable electric power while reducing their monthly electric bills. Customers may install their own renewable energy generator at their homes or business while staying connected to the reliable HBPW electric grid.
Distributed Generation helps lower your electric bill and allows you to access the HBPW electric grid as a backup. Participating customers are responsible for purchasing, installing, and maintaining their own generators.
Renewable electric power can be generated using solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, an energy storage system, or qualified biomass resources
Lower Your Electric Bill
Distributed Generation helps lower your electric bill. The energy you generate each month will be applied as a credit up to the amount of energy used during that billing cycle
Distributed Generation Credits
The amount received through Distributed Generation credits is dependent on the size of the generation system.
*Avoided Costs are the lower of Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) or least internal cost of generation.
Reliable Energy Backup
As a Distributed Generation customer, Holland Board of Public Works provides you a reliable backup for your own power generation. DG allows you to remain connected to the grid, even though you generate electricity through your own renewable energy source. During times when more power than your eligible generator produces is needed, the extra energy is supplied to you by Holland Board of Public Works.
Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible for HBPW’s Distributed Generation Program:
Participants must be HBPW electric customers on Rate A, B, K or M and have an average load factor of 30 percent or greater.
The customer’s electric generator must be fueled by a qualified renewable energy source such as wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, energy storage systems, cogeneration, or other approved renewable sources.
The nameplate capacity of the renewable generator may not exceed 550 kW.
The renewable generator may not be sized to exceed the customer’s annual electricity needs based on the previous 12 months.
Customers must meet approved Interconnection requirements before participating in this program.
Note: Local permits, inspections, and additional items may be required by other entities than the HBPW. A typical install would require a permit from the City/Township and approval from HBPW before building. After the build is complete the install would need to pass inspection through the permitted entity and pass testing through the HBPW before being powered on.
Customer (or customer representative) completes online Distirbuted Generation Application.
Holland BPW contacts customer with tecchnical, submittal, and agreement requirements.
Customer submits all required documentation and processing fee.
Holland BPW receives and reviews the Distributed Generation Application and submittals for completeness.
Aggregate nameplate output less than 30 kW? (n.b. Aggregate nameplate accounts for total generation of all types combined.)
If yes, go to Step 10.
If no, continue to Step 6.
If your aggregate nameplate is larger than 30 kW, HBPW determines whether a study is required.
If a study is required, then the Interconnection Study Agreement is executed by both parties.
The Interconnection Study is conducted and costs are paid.
HBPW reviews the Interconnection Study results and, if satisfactory, both parties execute the Distributed Generation Operating Agreement.
(If agreegate nameplate output is less than 30 kW, HBPW reviews and both parties execute the Distributed Generation Operated Agreement.)
Customers enrolled in HBPW’s previously offered Net Metering Program - or those whose initial applications to join that program are received before July 1, 2019 - will be grandfathered at their existing net metering rates until 10 years has passed from the date of the initial submitted application. Grandfathered net metering customers who choose to modify, add onto, or transfer ownership of their systems will automatically be transferred to the Distributed Generation Program at the time the modification, addition, or transfer of ownership is completed.
For Distributed Generation program customers on the Time-of-Use Rate for Residential Customers that possess a Plug-In Electric Vehicle, outflow energy will be credited at the Distributed Energy Value.
For grandfathered Net Metering Program customers on the Time-of-Use Rate for Residential Customers that possess a Plug-In Electric Vehicle, outflow energy will be credited at the applicable energy and delivery rate at the time of the outflow
Regardless of the generation amount, the customer is always responsible for applicable sales tax.
For assistance with Energy Smart Program, rebates, car chargers, or other energy efficiency questions, please email our team or call 616.355.1662
In some cases, a more in-depth study is needed. In those cases, additional costs may apply.
Complete details of the Distributed Generation program are listed in the Electric Terms of Service Rate Book.
Questions? Contact Electrical Engineering at 616.355.1603 or send us an email.