L&P Ratepayers Can Now Offset Bills by Producing their Own Renewable Energy
[Last Updated: 1/4/2012 11:06:44 AM]

For Immediate Release


Contact:  Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator,

               Traverse City Light & Power

               Phone: (231) 932-4574 or Email: jwheaton@tclp.org

Contact:  Phil Callighan, Sr. Account Executive, Knorr Marketing

   Phone: (231) 947-9707, ext. 207; Mobile: (231) 342-7590

               or E-mail: philc@knorrmarketing.com 


L&P Ratepayers Can Now Offset Bills by Producing

their Own Renewable Energy  


(Traverse City, Michigan) — The Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) Board will now enable L&P ratepayers to produce local renewable energy that may partially or fully offset their energy requirements. At its July 27, 2010 meeting, the board approved a Net Metering Policy which expands L&P’s Net Metering Program and gives individual ratepayers this new incentive for individual power generation. L&P’s first Net Metering Project was in 2006, when it partnered with Northwestern Michigan College to install a solar photovoltaic array which, at the time, was the largest solar array in Northern Michigan.


            “There have been many community discussions regarding local renewable generation and in response to that, L&P staff developed the Net Metering Policy,” said Ed Rice, L&P Executive Director. “The Policy will allow those ratepayers who qualify and are interested in installing a wind or solar generator on their house or business, the ability to do so.”


            The Net Metering Policy allows for the installation of wind and solar projects on

property owned by the ratepayer. Interested ratepayers will need to submit an application

to L&P to participate in the program. Once the application is received, an engineering analysis will be performed by L&P staff to determine if all proper utility standards are met. Ratepayers will then be contacted by L&P with information on how to proceed.


All projects undertaken will ensure the general safety of L&P employees and the public, while maintaining the integrity of the L&P distribution system.


            For more information on the Net Metering Program and how to submit an application, please contact the L&P Engineering Department at 231-932-4564. Net Metering documents will be available on the L&P website (www.tclp.org) at the beginning of October, 2010.


Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned,

community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.

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