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Distributed Generation Checklist

Distributed Generation Checklist

  •   Establish a thorough record-keeping process. Retain all research that you gather and information that is provided by vendors. If you proceed with a distributed   energy system, you will want to track actual system performance against expected performance based on vendor information.
  •   Complete a thorough energy efficiency audit and implement recommendations.
  •   Contact Southwest Iowa REC to discuss your interest in a distributed generation system. A cooperative representative will provide you with credible resources     to assist you with the information gathering and analysis processes.
  •   Understand Southwest Iowa REC’s interconnection policies and procedures.
  •   Review safety guidelines with Southwest Iowa REC staff.
  •   Analyze your electric loads. Evaluate times of peak energy usage and fluctuation periods during the day and throughout the year.
  •   Determine the distributed generation fuel source (e.g. solar, wind, etc.).
  •   Determine the size of the distributed generation system that is needed to meet your energy needs and where the system will be located.
  •   Contact city, county and state officials for codes and regulations that must be followed for the installation and operation of a distributed generation system.       Understand what types of permits will be necessary for your system.
  •   Contact the Iowa Energy Center (http://www.iowaenergycenter.org). The Iowa Energy Center’s skilled professionals are experts in renewable energy. Based on     your preliminary research, they will advise you of additional resources and help you to understand the economics of a distributed generation system and which   type of resource is most likely to be appropriate for your needs.
  •   Investigate financing options and federal and state incentives with the Iowa Energy Center. Also, refer to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and     Efficiency (http://www.dsireusa.org) to access information about the abundance of available incentives.
  •   Check with your accountant or tax advisor and property insurer to ensure that you have the appropriate policies in place and that you meet all tax obligations.
  •   Schedule a follow-up meeting with Southwest Iowa REC to discuss your plans for the project. Remember, cooperative staff is available at any stage throughout   the process, and we encourage you to contact us as frequently as you have questions.
  •   Plan that upon project completion, the state of Iowa will require an electrical inspection.
  •   Track information to evaluate the performance of your distributed energy system.
  •   Stay in ongoing communication with Southwest Iowa REC to ensure long-term efficient and transparent two-way communication.
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