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What is an interconnection?
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An "interconnection" is an electric connection between a utility's energy grid and a generating facility that has the capability to send energy to that grid. Generating facilities that can send energy to a utility's energy grid are also referred to as Distributed Generation (DG).

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Why could my Interconnection Application be delayed or denied
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An Interconnection Application could be delayed or denied if required information is incomplete or missing, the inspection is delayed, or if the generating facility size requires engineering approval.

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Where do I find the Technical Specification Sheet?
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The Technical Specification Sheet can be found with the inverter's instruction manual. It can also be found on the inverter manufacturer's website. The Technical Specification Sheet must be submitted with the Interconnection Application.

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Do I need to install an external disconnect switch to interconnect my generating facility?
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Yes. OG&E Distributed Energy Resources Interconnection Standards requires a visible break, lockable disconnect switch installed outdoors and within 10 feet of the production meter (Oklahoma) or within 10 feet of the NET meter (Arkansas).

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Can you recommend a reputable installer?
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We're sorry, but OG&E can't recommend an installer for your project.

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I am installing additional generating capacity on my generating facility but not exceeding my inverter nameplate capacity. Do I need to resubmit new Interconnection and Net Metering applications?
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New Interconnection and Net Metering applications must be resubmitted any time a generating facility is being changed, replaced, or upgraded causing the operational characteristics to change (e.g., kW size, inverter type, etc.).

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Is an Interconnection Application required if I am using micro-inverters?
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An Interconnection Application is required for all inverter-based generation systems, including micro-inverters. On the application, enter the kW output value shown on one of the micro-inverter nameplates and the quantity of micro-inverters utilized in the generation system (1kW = 1000 watts). Where the application asks for the total capacity of the generation system, include the total nameplate capacity in kW (i.e., the sum of all nameplate ratings) of all micro-inverters.

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Can I operate my generating facility prior to receiving the final written Permission to Operate?
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No. You cannot operate your generating facility until:

(1) your Interconnection Application has been approved by OG&E, and

(2) OG&E has provided the Permission to Operate.

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How do I start the Interconnection Application process?
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You can start by visiting https://ogeder.powerclerk.com/ to access OG&E's Interconnection Application.

OG&E recommends completing the Interconnection Application online to expedite the application process; however, forms are available for download and can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the address below:

Website: https://ogeder.powerclerk.com/

Email: renewableenergy@oge.com

Address:
OG&E
Attn: Interconnect Services Department
321 N. Harvey

M207

Oklahoma City OK, 73102

Fax: 405-553-3165

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Does my generating facility need to be inspected by my municipality?
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Please contact your municipality to determine if a final inspection is required. If no local government party has jurisdiction, the facility shall be inspected by a licensed electrician or licensed professional engineer.

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What if I move into a property that has an existing generating facility installed?
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If you move into a home or business with a generating facility already installed, you can participate in Net Metering by submitting an application for Interconnection. You do not need to submit a new Interconnection Application.

 

For more information, email renewableenergy@oge.com

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What is Net Metering?
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When you participate in Net Metering, you can lower your energy bill by producing some of the energy you use with an eligible, generating facility. Your energy bills will reflect the net amount of energy you use (i.e., the amount of energy delivered to you minus the excess energy sent to OG&E's system). If the electricity generated by the net energy customer exceeds the electricity consumed by the net energy customer during the monthly billing period, the customer shall be credited, or paid, in dollars in the next billing period(s), at the applicable on or off-peak price of OG&E’s Avoided Energy Cost.

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Can I participate in Net Metering?
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You are eligible to participate in NEBO (Net Energy Billing Option) if you own or operate an eligible, generating facility less than or equal to 300kW (AC-rated) for your own use. To participate in NEBO, your system should be sized to meet some or all your energy needs and cannot produce more than 125% of your peak load. Systems that produce net excess energy with an installed capacity greater than 125% of the customer’s peak load are not eligible for the NEBO tariff; said systems will be defaulted to the QF Tariff for the provision of all billing services. Customer’s peak load shall initially be determined as a customer’s peak demand in kilowatts for the 12 months immediately prior to requesting service under this NEBO tariff. The peak load is subject to redetermination if significant changes in customer load occur and/or if modifications are made to the customer’s generating system.

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What type of meter is needed to participate in Net Metering?
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To participate in Net Metering, Oklahoma and Arkansas residents are required to have a bi-directional (NET) meter to capture delivered and received energy. Oklahoma residents are required to install an additional meter base to capture total energy produced by DER.

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Does a smart meter measure total amount of energy I produce?
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No. A smart meter records data on 6 channels. Channel 1 is the total kWh that is delivered to the customer. Channel 2 is the total kWh (Off Peak) that is delivered to the customer. Channel 3 is the total kWh (On Peak) that is delivered to the customer. Channel 4 is the total kWh that is delivered to OG&E. Channel 5 is the total kWh (Off Peak) that is delivered to OG&E. Channel 6 is the total kWh (On Peak) that is delivered to OG&E.

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Is there a charge for the meter needed to participate in Net Metering?
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No, there is no incremental charge for the smart meter that is needed to participate in Net Metering.

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How long does it take to get the meter reprogrammed?
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It may take up to seven business days after the Interconnection and Net Metering applications have been approved and the Interconnection process has been completed.

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Will OG&E purchase my solar renewable energy credits (SRECs)?
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No. OG&E cannot purchase SRECs.

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Can I participate in OG&E’s Time of Use Pricing Program and Net Metering at the same time?
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Yes, Time of use is required to be on solar.

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What is the largest generating facility I can install and participate in NEBO?
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The maximum size of the generator cannot have a rated capacity of more than 300 kW to participate in NEBO. Your generating facility should be sized to meet some or all your energy needs and not produce more energy than you need annually.

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Are there other factors that can impact solar energy production?
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Energy production from solar energy systems can fluctuate because of several factors—clouds, darkness and dirty panels all limit energy production. Your generating facility may not produce all the energy you need. Prior to installation, understand how your system will operate under varying conditions, and how these conditions can impact your energy bill.

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Does OG&E offer solar rebates?
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Not currently.