Business Solar Energy Program


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All customers desiring to install photovoltaic (PV) energy systems at their Roseville location must apply for interconnection and comply to the Business Solar Energy Program requirements prior to operating the PV system. Business customer-generators may install systems designed to offset up to 100% of the customer-generators last 12 months of metered energy load, each meter is evaluated individually and may not be aggregated.  Under no circumstances may the PV system electric production exceed 100% of the customer-generators historical metered load.

Businesses interested in building a PV system to sell energy to Roseville Electric Utility, and not wanting to offset the electric load, should contact the Roseville Electric Power Generation Group at 916-79-POWER.


ALL PV SYSTEM APPLICANTS

The Program Handbook, Customer Check list, Commercial Construction Standards and informational links provided are designed to guide you through this process and identifies what needs to be complete prior to and after the construction process.

The applicant is required to pay a meter upgrade charge for the required net meter as well as provide infrastructure for a power production meter. The meter upgrade charge is subject to change.

All business customer-generator PV projects must apply under this program and receive a FORM C - Approval to Interconnect prior to operating the PV system.

BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED

In addition to meeting the Solar Energy Program Requirements, business applicants must apply for a building permit and receive final permit approval prior to being awarded a Solar Energy Program FORM C - Approval to Interconnect form. Contact the Permit Department for more information. Building Department fees and applicable meter upgrade charges will be collected by the building department as part of the permit process.

PROGRAM REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

General PV System Related Information

PV SYSTEM INSTALLATION STEPS

  1. Download the Customer Check List
    The check list outlines required documentation for the type of system being installed. This is a guide only; please refer to the Program Handbook, Rule 21, and details in the application forms. Customer is responsible for knowing program requirements and submitting all required program documentation.
  2. Complete and submit application  
    FORM A - "PV Installation Application" – All Commercial/Business PV Applicants 

    Building Permit – apply for this at same time as submitting Solar Energy Program application – both are needed prior to moving to Step 4! 
  3. Receive approvals prior to beginning construction
    Customer-generators must receive the Building Permit approval to proceed. Once customer-generator receives approval they may proceed with installation of the PV system.
  4. PV system installation
    Advise Solar Energy Program manager of any changes from what was submitted on the FORM A, updated documentation may be required depending on the change.  Once installed, the PV system safety disconnect must remain in the open (off) position until the FORM C – “Approval to Interconnect” form is received. 
  5. Project closure submittal
    FORM B – “PV Installation Certificate” – All PV Applicants
  6. Project inspections
    Upon approval of the Project Closure Submittal FORM B and verification the permit charges have been paid:
    1. An electric site inspection will be ordered by the Business Solar Energy Program Project manager.
    2. If project meets Roseville Electric Utility requirements, the meter technician will sign the green permit card for electric department approval.
    3. After Roseville Electric Utility signs the green card, customer-generator or contractor will contact the building department (916-774-5333) to schedule final permit inspection and approval.
    4. After building department signs the green permit card, email the signed green card to the Business Solar Energy Program Manager at commercialsolar@roseville.ca.us.
  7. Turning on the PV system
    After the signed green card is submitted to Roseville Electric Utility, the customer will receive FORM C - "Approval to Interconnect." Once received, the customer may turn the system on to operate. The customer may not operate the PV system until FORM C has been received.

Please contact your account representative to assist with your commercial/business interconnection application and answer questions about your energy efficiency needs:

Business customers – Contact Bill Chaplin or call him at (916) 774-5605 or email commercialsolar@roseville.ca.us.