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Solar project fee policy and amount

The solar project fee amount schedule is as follows:

  • Systems that are 25 kW and smaller require a $380 solar processing interconnection fee.
  • Systems greater than 25 kW AC, up to and including 2 MW AC, require a $760 interconnection processing fee.
  • Interconnection processing fees are non-refundable.
  • Repeat site visits will require a fee of $200 per truck-roll.
  • Fees apply to customer- owned and third party-owned solar systems.

Online applications must meet all solar program guidelines to be accepted before reaching approval for installation. If the application fails to satisfy any requirement, the application will be denied. An Interconnection Agreement will be sent with a unique project reservation agreement number to qualified customers and their contractors.

The application process is outlined below:

  1. Systems must be approved by Black Hills Energy. Installation must not be started until installation approval is received and an interconnection agreement is generated.
  2. Systems must be installed and approved by Regional or State Inspector, not to exceed 12 months from time of application acceptance, unless an extension is requested in writing, and provided by Black Hills Energy.
  3. The system name plate size in AC watts cannot change more than 10 percent in size from the original application.
  4. Solar contractor or developer cannot change from the original application, unless approved by the customer and Black Hills Energy. All program and installation requirements must be met and approved prior to metering interconnection.
  5. Systems not completed within the allotted time frames will need to re-apply for the incentive level available at that time when applicable. All fees that are forfeited will be applied to Black Hills Energy's RESA account balance.