Renewable Energy

Generating Your Own Renewable Energy

If you'd like to install a wind or solar generation system on your property, our team will walk you through the process of connecting it to the Bluebonnet grid. There are no additional charges as long as existing lines and transformers are used.

If you are interested in adding renewable energy sources to your monthly electric consumption from Bluebonnet, read more about Green Energy Rates

Connecting Your Power Source to the Grid

Thank you for your interest in renewable energy. This section applies to renewable energy producers of less than 50 kW. 

 

Are You Ready to Get Connected? Here's How: 

Click the links below to access the estimated interconnecting schedule and forms required to begin the process of connecting your renewable energy system to the Bluebonnet distribution grid. 

Click here for the Interconnection Tariff



Provide the following information and completed forms to Bluebonnet before the interconnection process begins. 

  1. Click here for the Interconnection Agreement
  2. Click here for the Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection Worksheet 
  3. Diagram of Proposed Renewable Energy Generation Facilities including:
a. Inverter(s) or Generator(s)
b. Lockable Disconnect
c. Fusing or Bi-Directional Breaker
d. Manufacturer's Specifications for the Inverter(s) or Generator(s)

The completed and signed package may be delivered to any Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative service center or emailed to renewables@bluebonnet.coop

How it Will Work

 
After you have completed the required paperwork, and your wind or solar system has been installed, we'll install a meter that records how much energy you generate onto the grid.

How You're Billed


Most members with solar and wind systems still purchase energy from Bluebonnet each month. Any Bluebonnet electricity you consume is priced at your standard rate category. Any overproduction – kilowatt hours returned to the grid – is paid back at a rate that is based on costs from our wholesale power providers as well as any cost savings from the distribution and transmission of power. 
 
In addition, any overproduction by a member will be credited to their next monthly bill.

Click here for a breakdown of a sample bill.


Other Useful Information

While installation can be expensive, tax credits can help you reduce the cost of your wind or solar system. 

For more information, call a member service representative at 800-842-7708 or visit one of our five Member Service Centers.

Green Energy Rates

You don’t have to install your own renewable energy system to include renewables as a source of your electricity. You can request our Green Energy Rate and we'll purchase your monthly energy from renewable wind power generated in West Texas.

What it Costs

The Bluebonnet Green Energy Rate is a half-cent more per kilowatt-hour (kWh) ($.005) than our regular rate. For a member using 1,000 kWh of electricity per month, that translates to an additional $5 per bill.

Where it Comes From

Wind power is produced at the Indian Mesa and Delaware Mountain wind farms in west Texas.

Opt in

There are no activation or termination fees, and you can opt in or out at any time. The Green Energy Rate will go into effect at the beginning of your next billing cycle.

To opt in, visit a Member Service Center or call 800-842-7708.