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Golden Valley Electric Association - Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/21/2012
Program Overview:
State: Alaska
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Wastewater treatment gas, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Agricultural, Institutional, GVEA customers
Amount:Varies; determined by kWh produced and $ contributions from supporting members.
Maximum Incentive:$1.50/kWh
Terms:Maximum system capacity 25 kW
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Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) SNAP program encourages members to install renewable energy generators and connect them to the utility's electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a dollar per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh) basis. The amount paid to participating renewable energy producers depends on the total amount contributed by GVEA supporters.

“Qualified alternative energy resources" includes electricity produced from generation facilities that are fueled by: (a) wind; or (b) solar energy and other renewable energy resources. GVEA limits these resources to 25 kilowatts of capacity or less per system.

There are two different SNAP programs available:

  • SNAP: Producers of renewable power do not use any of the power they produce. The power produced is measured separately from the existing home or business energy use by a separate meter. GVEA also developed specific standards for the interconnection of SNAP generators to its distribution system.
  • SNAP Plus: Producers of renewable power can also net meter through this program. SNAP Plus participants receive an annual payment and a monthly credit for net excess generation.

SNAP producers are responsible for the total cost of connecting their SNAP generator to Golden Valley Electric's distribution system. Applicable fees may include:

  • an inspection/connection fee of $100 (includes the cost of verifying interconnection requirements, accessing the grid and installing a meter)
  • a one-time records fee of $10 (per meter and account)
  • a monthly meter fee of $3.65 (deducted from the annual production payment)
  • line extension fees, if necessary, depending on the distance to the nearest GVEA facilities.

SNAP producers are paid once a year around Earth Day. SNAP is not for members who want to install renewable energy sources as a back-up power generation system at their home or business.

  Todd Hoener
Golden Valley Electric
758 Illinois St.
P. O. Box 71249
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1249
Phone: (907) 451-5607
Fax: (907) 458-6365
Web Site:
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