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Interconnect Program

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POLICY STATEMENT

To support and encourage the installation of Net-Metered renewable generation projects in SEC’s service territory and to promote a non-subsidized renewable Net-Metering program.

PROCEDURE

  • COST TO MEMBERS 

Members interconnecting to Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SEC) Distribution Circuit will pay an application fee of $50.00 for any system up to 100kw, and $50.00 plus $1 per kW for facilities greater than 100 kW.

Members interconnecting to SEC Distribution Circuit will be responsible for one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of any necessary upgrades to SEC Distribution Circuit, transformer if required and the cost of the REC meter.  Members interconnecting to SEC Distribution Circuit will be responsible for one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of interconnection energy flow studies not included in the application fee, if required.

  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 

Only renewable systems may be connected to the renewable Net-Meter.  All qualifying facility systems must be standalone and must be interconnected at SEC Net-Metering location.

Interconnection of mechanical combustible generators or battery systems will not be allowed to connect behind the Net-Meter. 

  • COLLECTION OF ENERGY

Aggregation of excess Net-Meter energy will not be allowed. Only the Net-Meter location will be credited and, paid for excess energy.  

All Net-Meter members will be paid at the SEC avoided cost, filed with the NM PRC annually, for excess energy received to SEC Distribution Circuit. Those energy credits will be issued each month when the Member’s account reaches greater than $50.00.

Members who opt in to SEC Renewable Energy Credits (REC) program by executing the REC agreement, shall receive payment biannually in the months of May and September.

In order to receive these payments, SEC must have an executed REC contract from the

Interconnect Member, and then Member is responsible for sending in REC readings to SEC no later than the 7th of each month.

  • MEMBER COMPLIANCE

Net-Meter renewable interconnect must comply with NM PRC Rules 17.9.568, 569 and 570  

Member interconnecting with SEC Distribution Circuit will be responsible for one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of the REC meter; which meters the total energy generated by the member’s renewable system.

SEC Net-Meter is the property of the SEC which meters energy delivered to the member and received from the member.

Download Interconnect Application here.

NM Interconnection Agreement & Manual

PRC Rule 17.9.568

PRC Rule 17.9.569

PRC Rule 17.9.570

*If you are looking at something more aggressive, over 10kW, a more extensive application process and different fees will apply.