Green Power Options for MLGW Customers
Green power, or renewable generation, is electricity created from sustainable resources such as the sun, wind and biomass. Green power produces little to no emissions, thereby improving air quality while also reducing dependency on traditional fuel sources such as coal and natural gas.
Customers have a variety of renewable power options through programs offered by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), MLGW’s power supplier. We encourage you to become familiar with TVA program guidelines and application processes by following the links below:
- Green Power Switch enables customers to support green power by making monthly contributions on their MLGW bill. For each $4.00 block purchased, TVA generates or purchases 150 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable power and places it on the region’s electric grid. There’s no contract to sign, so you can change your participation anytime.
Options for onsite generation are described below and summarized in this table.
- Green Power Providers enables customers to install small-scale generation at their homes and businesses, selling 100% of the output to TVA through 20-year agreements at retail prices with generation incentives appearing on their MLGW bills. System sizes range from 500 watts (W) to 50 kilowatts (kW). TVA has 5 MW earmarked for residential projects and 5 MW for non-residential projects in 2017. Access MLGW forms.
- Dispersed Power Production enables customers to install onsite renewable generation and sell all or a part of their output to TVA at short-term avoided costs. TVA pays the incentives directly. Access MLGW forms.
- Self Generation enables customers to generate power for use at their homes or businesses. Any power generation in excess of instantaneous consumption flows to the MLGW grid without financial benefit, so it’s vital to size the generation capacity carefully. Self Generation customers may opt to sell any excess power to TVA via the Dispersed Power Production program, described above. Access MLGW forms.
- Distributed Solar Solutions pilot enables utilities such as MLGW to work with developers and/or customers to submit proposals for installation of mid-size solar generation projects which sell 100% of the output to TVA. Systems greater than 50 kW and up to 2 MW may be eligible, provided they meet MLGW and TVA criteria for unique business model and technical innovation. TVA pays above market prices for output through this competitive pilot offering. TVA has earmarked 10 MW of capacity for 2017 applications. Access MLGW forms.
- Negotiated Proposals enable customers and/or developers to install large–scale (>20 MW) generation and sell 100% of the output to TVA at long-term avoided costs.
- Because MLGW has an all requirements contract with TVA, we are prohibited from buying electricity from any other source. As a result, MLGW does not offer “net metering.” Should you wish to generate power for use onsite and sell the excess to TVA, then Self Generation with Dispersed Power Production is the applicable option.
- Currently, there is a 30% Federal tax incentive for residential and non-residential solar installations placed in service by the end of 2019, then the incentive decreases. Learn more about the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit and Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit.
- Neither MLGW nor TVA provides financing for renewable generation. Businesses and certain non-profits may qualify for low-interest loans through the Energy Efficiency Loan program at Pathway Lending. Visit www.pathwaylending.org for details about this program, which uses public and private funds to encourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable generation.