Feed-in Tariff Program

Receive a check for the amount of energy you generate

Renewable energy generators can sell power back to NIPSCO. You receive a check for the amount of electricity you generate from your renewable energy project. Please note, availability is limited.

Here are a few additional program details:

  • Must be an existing NIPSCO electric customer
  • Must be wind, solar or sustainable biomass or biogas projects
  • Supports generation projects from 3 kW - 1 MW (varies by technology)
  • Interconnection and Renewable Power Purchase Agreements are required
  • Customer is responsible for infrastructure upgrades and installation costs
  • Customer is responsible for maintenance of the generating device and interconnection wiring
  • Customer transfers all rights to environmental assets from the sale of energy
  • Receive payment for the amount of energy generated:
Technology Range Purchase Rate
per kWh
Allocation I 
Purchase Rate
per kWh
Allocation II
Micro-Wind (1 ᶲ only)
3-10 kW
 $0.2500  $0.2300
Intermediate Wind (3 ᶲ only) >10-200 kW
 $0.1500  $0.1380
Micro-Solar (1 ᶲ only)
5-10 kW
 $0.1700  $0.1564
Intermediate Solar (3 ᶲ only) >10-200 kW
 $0.1500  $0.1380
Biomass (3 ᶲ only) 100 kW-1 MW
 $0.0918  </=$0.0918

Process To Install/Connect Your Equipment

The following information will assist you with the interconnection process. The level and type of interconnection will vary with the type of customer and the size of the generator.

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STEP 1: Research


We encourage you to research the interconnection process to understand all requirements (including potential municipal restrictions, building and zoning requirements, insurance requirements, safety regulations, application fees, installation, electrical requirements, etc.). Below are some resources to assist you.

  • DSIRE - Database of state incentives for renewable and energy efficiency projects.
  • PV Watts Calculator - Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems.
  • Engineering Standards – Requirements and guidelines for interconnection of customer owned, (DR) Distributed Resource (DR) generation source, to NIPSCO’s electric system

STEP 2: Participation Request Form

Customer submits Participation Request Form to be placed in a lottery for intermediate solar or biomass. Selected customers will be asked to submit an Interconnection Application (see step 3).

STEP 3: Application

Customer submits interconnection application:

*Note* For technologies where there are more requests than there is available capacity, a lottery will be held and each request will be ranked according to the drawing. Otherwise, the technology is accepting applications on a first-come-first-serve basis.

   
Technology Status
Micro Wind Open for Applications
Intermediate Wind Open for Applications
Micro Solar Open for Applications
Intermediate Solar Open for Participation Request Forms
Biomass Open for Participation Request Forms

STEP 4: Technical Review

NIPSCO reviews application and provides next steps. A technical review is conducted to determine if the project can move forward, or if an additional study is needed to determine the impact to the broader electric distribution system. This additional study may be required before moving to the next step.

 

STEP 5: Agreements

Customer signs applicable agreements:


STEP 6: Approvals & Construction

Once all approvals are complete, construction begins and meters are installed. Customers have 12 months from the execution of the agreements to complete the project.

Questions?

We understand that the interconnection process can be complex, but we’re here to help. If you have any questions about the process, or other questions related to renewable energy, please contact cnb@nisource.com