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Interconnection Guidelines

Eligibility 
Agricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Program Info
State 
Nebraska
Program Type 
Interconnection
Provider 
Nebraska Energy Office

Nebraska enacted legislation in May 2009 [http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/101/PDF/Final/LB436.pdf (LB 436)], establishing general rules for interconnecting and net metering systems that generate electricity. Nebraska's policy applies to systems that use solar, wind, methane, biomass, hydropower or geothermal resources to produce electricity and have a rated capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less.

To be eligible, a facility must meet all applicable safety, performance, interconnection and reliability standards established by the National Electric Code and adopted by the State Electrical Board, the National Electric Safety Code, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The system must also be capable of automatically isolating itself from the electrical grid in the event of a power outage, but a utility-accessible external disconnect switch is not required.

Customers must request an inspection of their system from the State Electrical Division and provide documentation of the completed inspection to their utility before the system may be interconnected to the distribution grid. The utility must provide a bi-directional meter to the customer at no additional cost to the customer. The utility may not require a customer-generator to purchase additional liability insurance if all safety and interconnection requirements are met.