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Go Green, but Make It Safe

Go Green, but Make It Safe

Peopleís Electric is responsible for maintaining a safe, reliable electric grid to power the communities we serve. PEC is also a supporter of renewal energy resources. A large portion of PECís annual energy purchases are from renewable generators. As an increasing number of members consider options to install grid-connected distributed generation (DG) systems, like solar panels or small wind turbines, we are prepared to assist members while still maintaining the safety of the grid.

Grid-connected generation systems allow you to power your home or business with renewable energy, but the system must be connected to the grid to keep power flowing when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow. In most cases, these systems have the ability to feed excess power back into the electric grid.

  • Does PEC sell or finance generation equipment (like solar panels or small wind turbines)?
    At this time, PEC does not but we are always evaluating new options and technologies to better serve our members.

Contact us before you install a Distributed Generation (DG) system.

Co-op members who are interested in DG systems, or plan to install a DG system for their home or business, should contact PEC prior to installation. ďWe want to help you choose a system that includes the safety and power quality components necessary to keep you, co-op crews and members of the community safe,ĒPECís senior electrical system engineer Kevin Bishop said. ďIf a storm hits and a power outage occurs, for example, distributed generation systems must be able to properly disconnect from the electric grid to ensure line workers are not injured or electrocuted while restoring power.Ē

  • Can PEC recommend a company/individual who sells solar panels/wind turbines?
    We encourage you to research options and companies that best fit your specific needs.

Can I install solar panels/wind turbines?

An interconnection agreement must be reviewed and signed before your distributed generation system is connected to the electric grid. The agreement is intended to ensure safe, reliable and quality electric service for all. Click for a link to PECís Distributed Generation Procedures & Guidelines Manual.

  • Can I install solar panels/wind turbines?
    Yes. Since the use of such consumer-side generation may push back energy onto PECís system, itís important that you speak with Kevin Bishop, PECís Sr. Electrical Systems Engineer, at (580) 272-1551.  He will review your application and make sure all information and documents are supplied. Prior to interconnection of member equipment to PECís system, an onsite inspection by PEC personnel is required.

The way we generate and use electricity is evolving. Letís work together to ensure a safe, reliable electric system. PEC is here to help. If you have questions about grid-connected generation systems, please contact us by calling Kevin Bishop at (580) 272-1551.