Florida Interconnection Standards
|Date Last Updated||8/11/2014|
|Policy Type||Interconnection Standard|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)|
|Policy Initiation Date||3/8/2008|
|Policy Summary||In 2008, the PSC adopted interconnection rules for renewable-energy systems, including CHP, up to 2 MW in capacity. The PSC rules apply only to the state's investor-owned utilities. The PSC rules include provisions for three tiers of renewable-energy systems: |
To qualify for interconnection under the PSC rules, the customer-owned renewable generation must have a gross power rating that does not exceed 90% of the customer's utility distribution service rating. All systems must meet all applicable safety and performance standards established by the National Electric Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), including the IEEE 1547, IEEE 1547.1 and UL 1741 standards. In addition, systems must be inspected and approved by local code officials prior to interconnection to ensure compliance with applicable local codes.
- Tier 1: applies to systems <10 kW. Applicants are not subject to application fees, interconnection studies or liability insurance. Additionally, an external disconnect switch is not required on inverter-based systems, but a utility may choose to install a disconnect switch for a Tier 1 system at the utility's expense.
- Tier 2: applies to systems between 10 kW and 100 kW. Utilities are authorized to require an external disconnect switch for systems in this tier and may also require that applicants have proof of general liability insurance of $1 million.
- Tier 3: applies to systems between 100 kW and 2 MW. Utilities are authorized to require an external disconnect switch for systems in this tier and may also require that applicants have proof of general liability insurance of $2 million.
|CHP Eligibility Requirements||Renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for standardized interconnection.|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Standardized interconnection applies to systems up to 2 MW.|
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