Any wind or solar systems installed by Heartland members must be inspected by our staff before they can be interconnected to the power grid. A simple application form and $100 fee are required for systems 10 kilowatts or smaller. All wind and solar systems interconnected with the power grid must have safety measures in place to make sure power is not put back on the grid during a power outage. An accessible manual disconnect switch must also be included so that Heartland crews can disconnect the system when working in the area.
Systems larger than 10 kilowatts have a more complicated approval process due to concerns about the produced power on the cooperative's infrastructure. For very large systems, members will be required to cover the costs of an analysis conducted by an independent engineer.
For more information, call our office at (800) 835-9586.