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Farmers Electric Cooperative (Kalona) - Renewable Energy Purchase Rate   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/16/2012
Program Overview:
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Maximum Incentive:Payment limited to 25% of customers monthly kWh usage
Terms:10 years
Eligible System Size:500 W - 10 kW (AC)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Utility owns during incentive term (10 years)
Customer regains ownership 10-year term
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Farmers Electric Cooperative offers a production incentive to members that install qualifying wind and solar electricity generating systems. Qualifying grid-tied solar and wind energy systems are eligible for a $0.20 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) production incentive for up to 10 years for energy production that offsets up to 25% of monthly energy usage.

This is a buy-all, sell-all arrangement where the customer-generator purchases all of their electricity from the utility at the normal retail rate, and sells the entire output of their qualifying system (up to 25% of their own monthly consumption) to the utility. As a result, this arrangement requires two meters; one to measure the renewable energy system's production and one to measure the electricity used by the home or business.

Energy production beyond 25% of a customer's consumption can be used to offset on-site usage through the utility's net metering program. This special energy purchase rate is only available for systems placed in service on or after January 1, 2008, and customers must participate in the utility's Green Power Project in order to qualify. The utility also offers a renewable energy rebate program to help offset the initial upfront cost of qualifying solar and wind energy systems.

  Customer Information - Energy Conservation and Renewables
Farmers Electric Cooperative
1959 Yoder Ave. SW
Kalona, IA 52247
Phone: (319) 683-2150
Fax: (319) 683-2506
Web Site:
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