Creating your own power.
Renewable generation, also known as Distributed Renewable Generation (DRG), allows for members who use alternative power sources to receive tax incentives and other benefits. Download and review the PDF documents here to learn more about Farmers EC’s guidelines, standards, and processes. Then complete the Interconnection Agreement when you’re ready to install your power solution.
Solar system installation must be inspected to ensure compliance with Farmers EC guidelines.
Apply for a Solar/DRG Interconnection
- Please review and follow the steps below before installing the solar/DRG system and submit the $500 application fee.
- For general renewable energy related questions, please refer to our Farmers EC DRG Guidelines, or call our Member Care staff at 903-455-1715, or email DG@farmerselectric.coop.
Renewable Generation InstallationPlease review and follow the steps below before installing the solar/DRG system.
and Application Process
Step 1Submit the Online Solar/DRG Application.
Step 2Farmers EC will review documentation.
Step 3Farmers EC will reply if there are issues with the documentation needing correction. If you do not hear from Farmers EC within 48 hours of submission then the project is approved for installation.
Step 4After solar/DRG system is installed, submit the Request Inspection Form.
Step 5Farmers EC will perform inspection. (Inspectors will call Member to schedule.)
NOTE: a $250 charge will be billed to installing party for failed inspections. Please ensure the system is installed per Farmers EC installation requirements.
Step 6If APPROVED, inspectors will email Permission to Operate (PTO) to all parties.
If FAILED, instructions will be sent for corrections.
Farmers EC Solar/DRG Guidelines
Get details on DRG installation procedures and guidelines for Farmers EC members.
Solar Power/DRG Member Guidelines (PDF)
Learn how to read and calculate our solar energy production and buy back.
Sales and Purchases Tariff
This document details rules and regulations for DRG system interconnections and explains Farmers EC’s terms and rates for purchasing power.
Download and submit this Agreement to Farmers EC when you are ready to begin your DRG project.
Should solar power generation be my first option to reduce my energy bill?
In many cases, it is cheaper to upgrade your home’s efficiency measures thus reducing your bill than to install a solar system. Generally, you want your home to be as efficient as possible, then investigate your solar production options.
What is the process to purchase a solar system?
The most important step for you as a cooperative member and homeowner is choosing a reputable, honest installer who will guide you through the sales, installation, and interconnection process, and who will be there for maintenance or repair issues. Once you’ve chosen an installer and agreed to the sales contract, they will work directly with us at Farmers EC to ensure a safe interconnection. Please refer to this link for the steps in that process: https://farmerselectric.coop/solar-power
How much will solar system cost at my home?
This is largely based on the size of the system you install. A good estimate would be $3 to $4 per watt. For example, a 10,000 watt (10kW) system might cost you roughly $30,000 to $40,000. There is a federal solar tax credit that can subsidize this cost up to 30% depending on the year. We recommend contacting multiple installers and getting multiple quotes.
How big of a DRG system should I put in?
The size of the solar system should be specific to your own usage needs. You will want to take many things into consideration when choosing the size of your solar system. Contractors can help with the process, but it’s good to know how to size a system yourself.
Contact the Cooperative and ask for a 12-month usage history. You can use this to gauge your consumption trends. Look at the usage (kWh) and the demand (kW) values for each month.
You can use sites like pvwatts.nrel.gov to model a system. It will give you a monthly estimate on how much a DRG system of any given size will produce based on your
geo location and other variables.
Compare the monthly kWh data from Steps 1 and 2 and customize your system to your needs.
If the system is larger than 15 kWdc, verify that the size of the DRG system does not exceed 110% of your maximum historic demand.
Will I still get a bill from Farmers EC if I install a solar power system?
Yes. Solar power systems do not produce power at all hours of the day. Even during a normal sunny day, you might have periodic cloud cover, or temporary fluctuations in usage at your home. And of course, after the sun goes down, all your electricity will still come from the grid.
How much money can I expect to save with a solar system?
Many factors go into the potential savings including system size, how much electricity you use and what time of day you use it, the overall efficiency of your system, panel location, shading issues and more. But as a general example, households using around 1300 kWh a month installing a 9-kW system might expect about a 40% reduction in the total cost of electricity.
Please read this part carefully: If a salesperson is claiming that you will no longer have an electric bill or claiming with certainty that you will experience a guaranteed reduction (i.e. “you will save 70% on your bill every month!”) it is most likely untrue. Please contact us with any questions as we are here to serve you, our members.
Will my solar system power my home if we lose power from Farmers EC?
The answer is almost always no, it will not. Most solar systems are designed to automatically shut down if there is a loss of power from the grid, such as during a storm or a scheduled maintenance outage. This is a safety feature designed to prevent your system from sending power back onto the grid when linemen are working to restore power. There are set ups available where your home can go “off grid” but they tend to be more complex and expensive to install.
How do I lower my power bill with a solar system?
How do I know how much solar energy my system produces?
What is Net Metering?
Does Farmers EC offer Net Metering?
Which installers do you work with?
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at 903 455 1715 or email: DG@farmerselectric.coop.