Renewable Energy at Your Home or Business
Part of BVU Authority's long-standing commitment to the environment is providing support for customers who are interested in utilizing renewable energy.
A critical first step in going solar is educating yourself before you sign a contract. BVU Authority and TVA are here to help you through that process.
BVU Authority Interconnection Process
If renewable generation is right for you, please follow our three-step process.
How to Choose a Solar Developer: Tips from BVU Authority
As homeowners and businesses look to install solar panels to reduce energy costs and decrease their carbon footprint, it's important to partner with a reputable and trustworthy solar developer. Unfortunately, not all solar developers are created equal, and some may take advantage of customers who are new to the process. Here are some tips from BVU Authority on choosing a solar developer wisely.
- Do your research: Before partnering with a solar developer, research their reputation, history, and customer reviews. Look for certifications and memberships in industry organizations such as the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
- Get multiple quotes: Don't settle for the first quote you receive from a solar developer. Get quotes from at least three different companies to compare pricing and services. Be wary of quotes that are significantly lower than others, as this could be a red flag that the company is cutting corners or using low-quality materials.
- Ask for references: A reputable solar developer should be able to provide references from past customers. Don't be afraid to reach out to these references to ask about their experience with the company and whether they would recommend them.
- Check license and insurance: Make sure the solar developer is licensed and insured in your state. This can protect you in case of any accidents or damages that occur during the installation process.
- Avoid high-pressure sales tactics: Be cautious of solar developers who use high-pressure sales tactics, such as insisting that you sign a contract immediately or making promises that seem too good to be true. Take the time to carefully review any contracts or agreements before signing.
At BVU Authority, we want our customers to feel confident and informed when choosing a solar developer. By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from unscrupulous companies and ensure you get a high-quality solar installation that meets your needs and budget.
Find a Trustworthy Solar Installer with TVA's New Green Connect Quality Contractor Network
TVA’s new Green Connect program connects BVU Authority customers interested in solar or battery installation at their homes with a Quality Contractor Network. These qualified installers are insured and licensed; they also have completed special training on TVA guidelines and have a history of customer satisfaction. Green Connect is available for qualifying systems of ground-mounted and/or structure-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and associated battery storage systems. Participants must be metered and belong to a BVU Authority residential rate class.
How to Participate in Green Connect:
- Register for the TVA Green Connect Customer Portal online at tvagreenconnect.com and complete the TVA Green Connect Participation Agreement.
- Select a QCN installer from the TVA Green Connect portal to design and install your qualifying system.
- Submit your interconnection application, interconnection agreement, and system design packet to BVU Authority.
- Have the qualifying system commissioned by BVU Authority following an installation verification. Note: BVU Authority fees apply for each step of the interconnection process.
Sell Back Your Excess Generation
Facilities that generate power up to 80 Megawatts may qualify for TVA's Dispersed Power Production program, which allows them to sell excess generation back to TVA. Please contact TVA for additional information about this program.