Small Power Producers Program Rules

 

The total nameplate kilowatt(dc) capacity of all generators under the applicant’s name must not exceed 100 kW(dc).  Applicants may apply for more than one project or additional projects in the future for as long as the program is accepting applications and they have not exceeded their 100 kW(dc) limit.  Additional projects by an individual customer or corporate entity exceeding the 100 kW(dc) maximum capacity limit are not allowed.

  • Eligibility

    • This program only applies to facilities using environmentally preferred technologies.
    • The total nameplate kW capacity of all generators for each project must be below 100 kW.
    • The interconnection is at distribution voltage levels of 34.5kV and below.
    • The facility must meet SaskPower interconnection safety, protection and power quality requirements.
    • The facility’s design and equipment must meet CSA standards and will be subject to inspection by the Electrical Inspection Branch including all necessary inspection permits and charges.
    • Two-way metering will be required to separately measure power provided to the grid from the facility and the power provided by SaskPower to the customer.
  • Contract terms

    • The standard contract is 20 years for each application. Hydroelectric power producers may choose contract terms up to 40 years.
    • The commercial operation date of each project must be within three years of signing the Power Purchase Agreement. However, hydroelectric projects will be allowed eight years.
    • Each contract will be capped at 100 kW of nameplate capacity.
    • All environmental credits will be owned by SaskPower.
    • All GST and PST payments as a result of revenues are the responsibility of the small power producer.
  • Interconnection requirements

    Customers may interconnect a generating facility, up to 100 kW nameplate capacity, to our electricity distribution system (on the customer side of the electric service meter) subject to the following conditions:

    • The generating facility must meet our Interconnection Agreements and Requirements for safety, protection and power quality.
    • The generating facility’s design and equipment must meet CSA standards, and will be subject to inspection by the SaskPower Electrical Inspection Branch including all necessary inspection permits and charges.
    • Any building permits or other municipal development permits are the responsibility of the power producer.
    • All environmental concerns need to be addressed and remedied through contacting the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.
    • Two-way metering will be required to separately measure electricity provided to the grid from the generator and the electricity provided by SaskPower to the customer. In the case of excess electricity being purchased by SaskPower, a bi-directional meter will have to be installed.
    • The operator of the generating facility must pay for all incremental interconnection costs including metering and any necessary upgrades to the SaskPower electric system.
    • It will be necessary to supply the energy at one of our standard supply voltages.
    • For projects interconnecting at distribution voltages (under 34.5 kV), network upgrade costs will be split 50/50 between the developer and us. Our contribution will be capped at $35 per kW of installed capacity.
    • The inverter must be CSA approved in order to pass the Interconnection Study and electrical inspection.
  • Project types

    Incremental projects of different generation types (i.e., mixing a wind turbine with solar photo voltaic panels) will either be required to use their own separate interconnections and own separate meters or they may share an interconnection and meter. This will be determined based on the year of added generation capacity and the power purchase rates at this time. In this case, the inverter must be able to handle the input of more than one type of renewable energy generator.

    You can have as many generation types and sources (quantity of panels, turbines, etc.) as you desire, provided your inverter can support them and that your total nameplate capacity is less than 100 kW.

    Projects can take advantage of used or refurbished equipment.

    It is important to remember that smaller power projects can be costly to set up and operate. If you are considering pursuing this type of venture we suggest that you thoroughly evaluate the amount of power you expect to produce and the economics of the project to determine your overall cost of electricity. You may want to consider obtaining up to three quotes from different renewable generation equipment vendors to become more knowledgeable and to compare the different technologies along with the costs associated with the generation equipment, equipment installation, as well as connecting to our grid.

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