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River Falls Municipal Utilities - Distributed Solar Tariff   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:$0.30/kWh
Terms:Buyback rate is available for 10 years; $1/month metering charge
Eligible System Size:Up to 4 kW
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:WPPI Energy
Web Site: http://www.rfcity.org/index.aspx?nid=698
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Solar Renewable Generation Distributed Generation Tariff
01/30/2009
Summary:

River Falls Municipal Utilities (RFMU), a member of WPPI Energy, offers a special energy purchase rate to its customers that generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The special rate, $0.30/kilowatt-hour (kWh), is available to all the RFMU customers on a first-come, first-served basis for systems up to 4 kilowatts (kW). The RFMU program is part of a larger solar buyback program being offered by WPPI to its member utilities, which has a total program limit of 300 kW.

RFMU was originally allocated 10 kW for their tariff, but because of the program's popularity, that limit has been increased several times, and is now limited to 30 kW. As of May 2013, the program has 14.4 kW of solar installed with an additional 12 kW in queue for installation.

It is important to note that this is not a net metering arrangement. Instead, the customer continues to pay their normal retail rate for electricity that they purchase from the utility. All of the energy generated by the customer's PV system is metered separately and exported directly to the grid. The $0.30/kWh incentive is applied to all of the energy the system produces for a period of 10 years, under a written contract with the RFMU. The customer receives payment as a monthly credit on their electricity bill. RFMU then resells the energy to WPPI Energy.

This arrangement requires the installation of a second generation meter at the customer's expense. Participants are also charged an additional metering fee of $1.00/month. Systems and components are required to comply with all applicable national, state, and local electric codes, rules, and regulations, including the State of Wisconsin's Standard Interconnection Rules. WPPI Energy takes title to all renewable energy credits (RECs) or other environmental attributes produced by systems enrolled in the program.

Prospective participants can visit the program website or use the contact information below for more information on this program.


 
Contact:
  Customer Service - RFMU
River Falls Municipal Utilities
222 Lewis Street, Suite 228
River Falls, WI 54022
Phone: (715) 425-0906
Phone 2: (715) 426-3467
Fax: (715) 425-7217
E-Mail: RFMU@wppienergy.org
Web Site: http://www.rfmu.org/
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