Procedure to Interconnect Small Generation with the FirstEnergy Distribution System

The application process below is available to all JCP&L customers that generate electricity on the customer’s side of the meter, including third parties developing a project under the Community Solar Pilot Program. This process is to be used by customers using renewable energy sources that are eligible for net metering, as well as, those customers that are not using renewable energy sources.

Please reference the NJ Administrative code N.J.A.C. 14:8 for more information regarding renewable energy generation and net metering requirements. http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/njcode/

Application Process

1. Customer submits application and supporting documents:

A. Choose the correct application level based on the total of the nameplate rating(s) of the inverter(s) or other generation: 

Note: Name on application must match JCP&L account holder.

B. Submit One-Line Diagram (PV ExampleTurbine Example)

    The one-line diagram must include:

  • Energy source (PV array, wind turbine, etc.). Please indicate DC and AC ratings as appropriate.
  • Please indicate AC rating of the inverter.
  • Identify Utility-accessible visible break disconnect. Note: Molded case circuit breakers do not meet this requirement.
  • Identify connection to Customer’s electrical system.
  • Identify utility meter, inverter and/or associated generation and storage (battery) equipment.

C. Submit Site Plan (Site Plan Example)

Please do not send overhead internet photos. The site plan must include:

  • Overall property layout and street access including North arrow orientation and nearest cross street (Indicate direction of nearest cross street if impractical to show on drawing).
  • Ground mounted installations must show clearances and details of surrounding structures especially how they cross JCP&L facilities.
  • Location of the existing utility meter location. Note: Any proposed changes to the meter location or service must be identified and have prior approval by the Company's Metering & Line Departments.
  • Location of the utility-accessible, visible break disconnect where required (next to utility meter preferred). In the event the disconnect cannot be reasonably located next to the meter, note the required signage (Per the NEC), including an adequate description of location and access point.
  • Location of generation, inverter, storage and associated electrical equipment. 
  • Location of service transformer, if known.

D. Application Fee

  • Level 1 - No Fee (10KWac, or less)
  • Level 2 - $50 plus $1/kWac of the equipment nameplate capacity (usually an inverter)
  • Level 3 - $100 plus $2/kWac of the equipment nameplate capacity (usually an inverter)

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    Note: Fees are based on the total of generation and storage rated AC capacity. If adding on to an existing system, the required fee is based on the following: Add-ons to existing systems (generation or storage)

2. Company Review

After review by the Company, Customers will be notified if the Application is approved or if there are any deficiencies in the Application. Customers must correct any deficiencies before the Company will issue an Approval to Install email.


3. Installation 

After Company issues an Approval to Install email, the customer installs the facility in accordance with the application, BPU rules and Company’s technical requirements for interconnection standard.

4. Following approval of the Part 1 application and facility installation, the customer submits final documents

Submit completed Part 2 documents

  • Level 1 – NJ Level 1- Interconnection Application- Agreement (doc) including Certificate of Completion (=<10kW Inverter based, UL Standard 1741 certified) OR
  • Level 2 – JCPL Level 2 and 3 Interconnection Agreement 042712 (doc)* including Certificate of Completion (=<2,000kW Inverter based UL Standard 1741 certified) OR
  • Level 3 – JCPL Level 2 and 3 Interconnection Agreement 042712 (doc)* including Certificate of Completion (Facilities which do not qualify for either the Level 1 or Level 2)
  • Note: For a Level 2 or 3 facility, the customer may submit the Agreement, without Certification of Completion, during or prior to the construction phase of the project
  • Submit Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Certificate in evidence of Electrical Inspection by authorized inspection agency
 

5. Final Steps by Company

The Company will:

  • Review and approve the Part 2 (as-built) installation and final documentation
  • Determine the need for a witness test as provided for in the regulations and notify customer
  • Finalize documentation and authorize system operation
  • Schedule the installation of net energy metering upon issuing the Approval to Operate email.

Additional Technical Requirements and References

Submit Completed Documents or Fees 

Listed in order of preferred method.

  • Email - (email attachments MUST be less than 20MB)
  • Fax: 330-315-8651 (Please use highest resolution setting on fax machine)
  • Applications with large attachments (greater than 20MB) that cannot be emailed and any required application fees should be sent to:
    Jersey Central Power & Light
    300 Madison Ave
    PO Box 1911
    Morristown, NJ 07962-1911
    Attn: Interconnection Coordinator - Engineering Department
  • Interconnection voice mailbox: 973-401-8830

Questions

  • For more information, view the list of FAQs.
  • The preferred method of contact for questions regarding the status of applications is via email  
  • If you are experiencing difficulty with the email system, you may leave a message on the Interconnection Voicemail Inbox: 973-401-8830.
  • Technical and policy questions regarding interconnection issues should be submitted via email or the Interconnection voice mailbox at 973-401-8830.
  • All metering and billing questions should be directed to the Company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-662-3115.

 

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