Utilities

We partner with utility companies across the United States

to deliver solar power facilities that are efficient and fully integrated into local utility grids.

The team at OneEnergy brings professionalism, experience and expertise to our cooperative endeavors with utility partners.

Experience with Interconnection Facilities

The team at OneEnergy brings professionalism, experience and expertise to our cooperative endeavors with utility partners.

Being an expert at building and operating solar power farms means we also have extensive experience with interconnection facilities. Our team is adept at performing the engineering studies required to determine the impacts interconnection of a solar power plant will have on utility systems. Because a solar generator is a current source generator, it has the innate ability to provide power quality benefits to the local utility grid. When or if battery storage is added, our solar projects can ensure that renewable energy is injected onto the grid at the times when it is most needed.

Types of Utility Companies

At OneEnergy, we work with all types of utility systems to effectively move our solar power plants into a phase of interconnectivity. The three most common entities are rural electric cooperatives (Co-ops), Municipal Utilities (Munis), and Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs).

Rural Electric Cooperatives (Co-ops)
As a developer of large-scale solar farms, OneEnergy has worked closely with many rural electrical cooperatives, also known as “co-ops.” Co-ops are private, not-for-profit utility businesses that are owned by the customers they serve and run by a board of directors. Co-ops usually exist in rural areas which lack an investor-owned or municipal utility nearby, and are therefore an ideal vehicle for delivering solar energy power to communities.

Municipal Utilities (Munis)
OneEnergy is also skilled at facilitating solar interconnectivity agreements with public utilities, called municipal utilities or “munis.” Munis are not-for-profit locally controlled government agencies run by public employees. Their purpose is to provide electrical service to large communities and cities in a way that generates a return in profit. When connecting our solar power farms to these more extensive grids, we follow a specific set of guidelines and parameters to bring each solar project to fruition.

Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs)
The OneEnergy team is also well-versed at working with Investor Owned Utilities, or IOUs. These are privately held electricity and natural gas providers that mainly exist to produce investor returns. Guiding one of our solar energy generators to the phase of interconnectivity is a complex process. We meet with the public utilities commission that runs the IOU and discuss purchase agreement options for solar power interconnectivity.