Micro-Generation Installations Your Way


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Presentation by Fortis Alberta at Rocky View County's "Small Scale Energy Workshop" November 30, 2011.

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  • 1.8 kW array
  • Typical home-based installations - Mini MG Invert-base-10 kW and smallerOther categories for distributed generation:Small MG 0 kW to 150 kW (excluding Mini MG)Large MG Greater than 150 kW and less than 1 MWThere are three classes of MG but for this presentation I will concentrate on the Mini-MG.This I believe will be the largest number of generators.Usually residential, acreages, farms and small business are Mini-Micro Generation
  • Step-by step guideProvides information on the construction, safety requirements etc.A place to start familiarizing yourself with micro-generation connection is on the Alberta Utilities Commission web-site and the micro-generator Application GuidelinesAlso on the web-site are the micro-generator Regulation and Rule 024 “Rules respecting micro-generation”Legal land description (SE-15-30-01-W5)Site id (0040 plus 9 additional numbers)LocationRetailerGenerator type (solar, wind, hydro, biomass)Generator to utility interface (inverter, non inverter, induction, synchronous)Electrical loadAnnual usageDoes your generator…Satisfy Anti-Islanding Clause CSA C22.2 No. 107-1?Meet the micro-generator regulation for renewable or alternate energy definition?Require bi-direction interval metering (mini or small MG only)?
  • An example of the single line diagram is in the Application Guideline. How will the generated be interconnect to the electric distribution system?Site plan is usually for wind turbines, the location of the wind turbine to buildings and FortisAlberta power lines.Normally when application is submitted the electrical permit for the project is not complete and the final permit is not available yet. The final electrical permit triggers the request internally in Fortis to have the meter changed.Applicant’s signature should be the land ownerDate you sent the application.
  • Reference number is how FortisAlberta tracks the project. If you know the reference number it is useful to use this number when talking to FortisAlberta. The number is issued after the first contact (application) with the customer.Generators larger than 150 kW require an AESO Asset Id. FortisAlberta will arrange for the Asset Id.Who received the application at FortisAlberta.Interconnection line is important to FortisAlberta and AUC to show location of generator on the distribution system.Is the MG approved under the MG Regulations if not then FortisAlberta must inform you and tell you why.If all the information submitted is correct, the interconnection agreement is signed, and the final electrical permit is sent to FortisAlberta, the micro-generator is ready for interconnection to the grid.For each 10 to 12 inquires 1 application is submitted once an application is submitted they usually proceed to interconnection
  • FortisAlberta is available to answer any questions and help customers through the process.1.2 kW wind
  • Micro-Generation Installations Your Way

    1. 1. Micro- GenerationInstallations YOUR Way Rocky View County Joe Peters, Manager Service Development Allison Thomas, Stakeholder Relations Manager November 30, 2011 1/13/2012 1
    2. 2. Electrical System OverviewFooter Text 1/13/2012 2
    3. 3. Wires Service Provider• Deliver safe and reliable electricity• Manage outages• Connect new customers• Manage metering data• Rates regulated by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)• Micro-generation coordination 1/13/2012 3
    4. 4. Micro-Generation Regulation• Issued by the Alberta Government in 2008• The AUC oversaw implementation and developed processes to simplify approvals 1/13/2012 4
    5. 5. Connecting YOUR Project• 128 generators have signed interconnection agreements with FortisAlberta since 2009. Micro-generation 1/13/2012 5
    6. 6. Micro-GenerationTo qualify as a micro-generatorthe generating unit must…• Use renewable or alternative energy technologies or higher efficiency fossil fuels• Have a generating capacity smaller than one megawatt• Produce electricity primarily for the customer’s own use 2-4 kW 600 kWh per month 1/13/2012 6
    7. 7. Installations• Mini MG Inverter-based o 10 kW and smaller• Small MG o 0 kW to 150 kW (excludes Mini MG)• Large MG o Greater than 150 kW and less than 1 MW Footer Text 1/13/2012 7
    8. 8. Mini Micro-Generator• Capacity < 10 kW• Equipped with a grid-tie inverter o Changes DC to AC o AC compatible with distribution system o Provides safety features 1/13/2012 8
    9. 9. Steps to get your project started! Step 5 – Submit application to FortisAlberta Step 4 - Prepare a site plan and electric single-line diagram Step 3 - Get municipal permits Step 2 - Consult with an electrical contractorStep 1 (optional) - Inform FortisAlberta of your plan to install a micro-generator 1/13/2012 9
    10. 10. Application & GuidelinesFooter Text 1/13/2012 10
    11. 11. Supporting Documents• Electrical single-line diagram• Site plan - where the MG will be located• Electrical permit 1/13/2012 11
    12. 12. FortisAlberta’s Role• Process and approve application• Interconnection agreement• Install bi-directional meter• Meter info to Retailer 1/13/2012 12
    13. 13. Only YOU have the powerto monitor and control theenergy you use.FortisAlberta wants to help
    14. 14. Save Energy! Save Money!• Public library power monitor program• Community education programs• Energy efficiency resources• Alberta OnFarm program http://www.onfarmenergy.ca/
    15. 15. Visit us online atwww.fortisalberta.comPhone us 403-310-WIRE or emailmicro-gen@fortisalberta.comPhone us 403-310-WIRE or emailenergyyourway@fortisalberta.com 1/13/2012 15