What Qualifies for the Green Power Providers Program

From what type of generation can be included to how big your system can be, we outline the parameters of a successful Green Power Providers project.


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.

System Requirements

The power generation system must comply with all requirements established by the local power company for interconnection to its distribution system, signing an interconnection agreement in addition to the participation agreement.

Interconnection and safety equipment must be listed by UL or ETL (nationally recognized testing labs) for continuous interactive operation with an electric distribution system.

All equipment must:

  • Include a manual load break disconnect switch that is lockable, visible and easily accessible by the local power company
  • Be manufactured and installed in compliance with the National Electric Code
  • Be permitted and certified by a licensed electrician, and pass applicable code inspections


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. All systems 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)