Customer-owned renewable generation in Wisconsin

If you are interested in installing your own electric generating system – such as a wind turbine, solar system or biogas system – you will need to follow several steps to "interconnect" to the WPS electric distribution system.

The following information will guide you through the steps and requirements to ensure everybody's safety.

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For systems 20kW or less

  1. For any questions regarding this process please contact:
  2. Review the parallel generation rate
  3. Review and understand the rules and requirements
  4. If the Application is less than 20kW, complete the following form, mail and/or send via email to: corey.kuchta@wisconsinpublicservice.com
    Corey Kuchta
    Wisconsin Public Service
    1717 10th Ave
    Menominee, MI 49858
  5. Required - Wisconsin Standard Distributed Generation Application Form
  6. Required - Select Supplement applying for (select one or more):
  7. Required only if installing - Energy Storage Supplement Form
  8. Required only if new ownership is acquired. Skip 5-7 if using this form - Change of Ownership Form
  9. Interconnection Agreement - Distributed Gen Interconnect Agree 20kW or less
  10. WPS reviews the application WPS will review your application to determine if it contains all the information needed to begin the interconnection process. WPS will contact you about the status of your application. If the application is incomplete, additional information will be requested.
  11. Engineering review determination When your application is complete, WPS will determine whether an engineering review is needed. If an engineering review is necessary, we notify you within 10 working days and state the charge for that review. Note: If you are not notified about a review in 10 days, go to step 15.
  12. Engineering Review After you notify us in writing to proceed and submit applicable payment, WPS will complete the engineering review and notify you of results.
  13. WPS determines if a distribution study is needed Your engineering review will determine if a distribution study is need. This study is to assess the level of impact your system will have when it’s connected to the grid. WPS will inform you of the costs of this study. After you have provided written authorization to proceed and paid the applicable fee, we’ll complete the study.
  14. Discuss distribution study and review interconnection options and costs Once the distribution study is complete, WPS will contact you to discuss all of the options available – along with their associated costs – and the timeline for the interconnection of your parallel generation system.
  15. Install parallel generation and distribution system upgrades You will need to install your generating equipment within a mutually agreed upon timeframe. After receipt of payment for the agreed-upon interconnection costs, WPS will perform all work needed to upgrade the distribution system to accommodate your parallel generation system.
  16. Sign the interconnection agreement Before parallel operation can begin, both you and WPS will need to complete and sign a standard interconnection agreement and power purchase agreement.
  17. Test the system When the installation of your system is complete, send Certificate of Compliance or local inspector verification to Corey Kuchta and notify local WPS engineer so we can witness or verify the system testing. This could include:
    • Witnessing commissioning tests.
    • Performing anti-islanding tests.
    • Verifying the protective equipment settings.

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For systems greater than 20kW

  1. For any questions regarding this process please contact:
  2. Select parallel generation rate reference
  3. Review and understand the rules and requirements
  4. If the Application is over 20kW, complete the following forms, mail and/or send via email to: corey.kuchta@wisconsinpublicservice.com Corey Kuchta
    Wisconsin Public Service
    1717 10th Ave
    Menominee, MI 49858
  5. Required - Wisconsin Standard Distributed Generation Application Form
  6. Required - Select Supplement applying for (select one or more):
  7. Required only if installing - Energy Storage Supplement Form
  8. Required only if new ownership is acquired. Skip 5-7 if using this form - Change of Ownership Form
  9. Interconnection Agreement - Distributed Gen Interconnect Agree 20kW to 15 MW
  10. WPS reviews the application WPS will review your application to determine if it contains all of the information needed to begin the interconnection process. WPS will contact you about the status of your application. If the application is incomplete, additional information will be requested.
  11. Engineering review determination When your application is complete, WPS will determine whether an engineering review is needed. If an engineering review is necessary, we notify you within 10 working days and state the charge for that review. Note: If you are not notified about a review in 10 days, go to step 15.
  12. Engineering Review After you notify us in writing to proceed and submit applicable payment, WPS will complete the engineering review and notify you of results.
  13. WPS determines if a distribution study is needed Your engineering review will determine if a distribution study is need. This study is to assess the level of impact your system will have when it’s connected to the grid. WPS will inform you of the costs of this study. After you have provided written authorization to proceed and paid the applicable fee, we’ll complete the study.
  14. Discuss distribution study and review interconnection options and costs Once the distribution study is complete, WPS will contact you to discuss the all of the options available – along with their associated costs – and the project timeline for the interconnection of your parallel generation system.
  15. Installation of parallel generation and distribution system upgrades You will need to install your generating equipment within a mutually agreed upon timeframe. After receipt of payment for the agreed-upon interconnection costs, WPS will perform all work needed to upgrade the distribution system to accommodate your parallel generation system.
  16. Sign the interconnection agreement Before parallel operation can begin, both you and WPS will need to complete and sign a standard interconnection agreement and power purchase agreement.
  17. Test the system When the installation of your system is complete, send Certificate of Compliance or local inspector verification to Corey Kuchta and notify local WPS engineer so we can witness or verify the system testing. This could include:
    • Witnessing commissioning tests.
    • Performing anti-islanding tests.
    • Verifying the protective equipment settings.

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