Their numbers are not huge, but they are growing.
Right now, 214 Omaha Public Power District customers generate their own electricity. Of those, 192 have solar panels and 22 have wind turbines.
“We know more and more customers are looking into owning their own generation, and we want to guide them in the process,” said Kirk Estee, Customer Alternative Energy Solutions Manager for OPPD. “We are their energy partner, and we’re here to help.”
With those goals in mind, OPPD recently revamped and streamlined its process of applying for Customer-Owned Generation (COG).
And the utility created a new website, with educational resources, such as a quick-start guide, information on net metering for billing, and available tax credits. Customers will also find a calculator to determine their pay-off period for an investment in solar panels.
“When you think about generating your own energy, renewable energy, you may picture rooftop solar panels or perhaps wind turbines. And those are certainly the most common,” said Estee. “But people are also starting to use batteries to store the energy they generate. It’s exciting looking at how technology keeps evolving.”
OPPD will vet all customer-owned generation systems before interconnecting with the electric grid. This is crucial in order for the utility to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.
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