4901:1-22-05 Application requirements for interconnection.

(A) Application forms

(1) Each applicant for interconnection to an electric distribution utility (EDU) system shall complete either of the following:

(a) A "short form" application for interconnection of generating equipment fifty kilowatts or less.

(b) A standard application for interconnection of generation equipment that does not qualify for a "short form" application.

(2) The application form shall follow the format and content set forth on the commission's website, and must be submitted to the EDU from which the applicant receives retail electric distribution service. Application forms will be available from the applicant's local EDU. The applicant's completed application form should not be sent to the commission for the purposes of review and approval.

(3) The applicant also is advised to refer to the "applicant's checklist" found on the commission website to determine whether to complete the "short form" or the standard form to request interconnection service.

(B) Certified equipment

(1) Each applicant shall provide the EDU a description of the applicant's distributed generation equipment package that is consistent with the following:

(a) An applicant's equipment package shall be considered certified for interconnected operation if it has been:

(i) Submitted by a manufacturer to a nationally recognized testing laboratory for certification.

(ii) Type-tested consistent with the institute of electrical and electronics engineers 1547.1 standard, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.

(iii) Listed by a nationally recognized testing and certification laboratory for continuous interactive operation with a utility grid in compliance with the applicable codes and standards listed in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.

(b) Certified equipment does not include equipment provided by the EDU.

(C) Equipment packages

(1) An applicant's equipment package shall include the following:

(a) All interface components including switchgear, inverters, or other interface devices.

(b) An integrated generator or electric source.

(c) Access for the EDU for commissioning purposes.

(d) A schedule for periodic compliance testing.

(2) If the applicant's equipment package includes only the interface components (switchgear, inverters, or other interface devices), then the applicant must show in writing that the generator or electric source to be used with the equipment package meets the following criteria:

(a) Compatibility with the equipment package.

(b) Consistency with the testing and listing specified for the package.

(D) Disconnect switch

A disconnect switch provided, installed by, and paid for by the applicant, whether or not it is an integrated feature of the equipment package or a compatible external device, must meet the following criteria:

(1) The applicant's disconnect switch must be capable of isolating the distributed generation facility for the purposes of safety during EDU system maintenance and during emergency conditions.

(2) If the applicant's disconnect switch is external to the equipment package, it must be accessible to and lockable by the EDU personnel at either the primary voltage level, which may include load-break cutouts, switches and elbows, or the secondary voltage level, which may include a secondary breaker or switch.

(3) The applicant's disconnect switch must be clearly labeled as a distributed generation facility disconnect switch.

(E) Solar equipment

(1) In the case of solar equipment, the photovoltaic power source shall be clearly labeled in accordance with the requirements of the National Electric Code article 690, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code, to identify the following:

(a) Operating current (a system maximum-power current).

(b) Operating voltage (system maximum-power voltage).

(c) Maximum system voltage.

(d) Short-circuit current.

(2) In the case of solar units with internal switching devices, a customer lock box containing a key to the applicant's premises where the solar unit is installed should be accessible to EDU personnel.

(F) The EDU's review processing fees

(1) Each applicant shall pay the EDU's interconnection fees in accordance with the EDU's tariff for the EDU review and processing of an application, established at levels consistent with the distributed generation size and technology as well as the location on the electric distribution system of the interconnection.

(2) The EDU's review processing fee levels will apply in accordance with the EDU's tariff to all interconnections, including those for the purposes of net metering, combined heat and power or waste heat from industrial processes, as well as any customer-generator used for energy efficiency or the promotion and utilization of renewable or clean secondary fuels.

(3) Exception to the EDU's fee schedule may be determined by the EDU if the EDU invokes a fee-free feature on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Replaces: part of 4901:1-22-04

Effective: 10/22/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/30/2012
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4928.06
Rule Amplifies: 4928.11
Prior Effective Dates: 9/18/00