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Parallel Generation#

Generate On-site Electricity

Parallel generation refers to the production of electricity directly by consumers rather than purchasing it from an electric utility. If you generate electricity parallel to Fort Collins Utilities' grid with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including microhydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, or cogen, follow these steps:

1. Before Purchasing Equipment

  • Review Fort Collins' Interconnection Standards.
  • Communicate with Utilities staff early to review your plans by submitting a Commercial Feasibility Application through PowerClerk. If you don't have a PowerClerk account yet, you can request one here.
  • Once your feasibility application has been reviewed, PowerClerk will invite you to submit a full project application. Contact your contractor and/or equipment manufacturer for assistance with information required in the application.
  • Check out information on Utilities' solar rebates, if applicable.

2. Sign Contractual Agreement

Utilities will develop an agreement to provide credit for the electricity you generate and address standby and other charges.

3. Purchase Equipment and Install System

Wait until the application is approved and contractual agreement is signed.

4. Request Inspection from Fort Collins Utilities

This requirement is in addition to inspections by Fort Collins Building and Zoning.

  • To schedule an inspection, request Utilities’ final inspection and final testing via PowerClerk.
  • If system fails inspection, complete required changes and request re-inspection via PowerClerk.
  • When system passes, receive Permit to Operate from Utilities.

5. Operate System and Receive Bill Credits

Did You Know?

Installing high-efficiency refrigeration equipment at your business, such as zero-energy doors and anti-sweat heater controls (rebates available), can save money.

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