Qualifying for the Green Power Providers Program

Eligible Resources

Eligible resources include solar, wind, low-impact hydropower, and biomass. Biomass includes all solid, liquid and gaseous forms of these fuels:

  • Woody waste
  • Agricultural crops or waste
  • Animal or other organic waste
  • Energy crops
  • Landfill gas and wastewater methane

Site Location

The system’s location must match the participant’s billing address for power services. Residential participants must have a residential building and residential billing meter at the address of the qualifying system. If a commercial or industrial customer, participant agrees that its primary commercial or industrial purpose is not electricity generation at the building with a commercial or industrial billing meter at the address of the qualifying system.

Billing Meter

The meter measures billing demand or energy consumed at the site, or both. It must be located at the site and fully operational when the participation agreement is signed.

System History

The system must not have previously generated renewable energy for sale to TVA prior to October 1, 2012, unless the system was part of the Generation Partners pilot program.

Size

The system must have a minimum total nameplate generation capacity (DC) of 500 watts and a maximum of 50 kilowatts (kW). Qualifying systems cannot exceed 50 kW for a single participant on one site. Systems 10 kilowatts or smaller will be subject to a minimum annual energy usage of 1,000 kilowatt hours per year (kWh/yr) to qualify. Systems greater than 10 kilowatts in size will be subject to a load requirement. A “load requirement” simply means that the system’s maximum capacity will be limited so that it should not generate more than 100% of the energy usage or consumption at the home or business. For a good rule of thumb load requirement estimate, see chart below:

Annual Energy Usage (kWh)Maximum Nameplate Capacity (kW DC)
Up to 13,140 10.0
19,710 15.0
26,280 20.0
32,850 25.0
39,420 30.0
45,990 35.0
52,560 40.0
59,130 45.0
65,700 50.0