Before electric cooperatives began stringing power lines through rural America, many farm families made do with their own sources of electric generation. Noisy, often unreliable technologies like steam engines, windmills, and ram pumps were the only options available to make electricity a part of daily life.

Today the cutting-edge cousins of these early generators can be spotted in a number of settings: an emergency diesel generator behind a hospital; a solar panel on your neighbor’s roof; perhaps even a wind turbine at the high school down the road.

These mini power plants, called distributed generation or on-site power, make up 1 percent of all electricity generated in the United States. For consumers, distributed generation, can stand in as emergency backup power, provide greater independence, make an environmental statement, and in some cases can decrease electric utility bills.

To assist our members, we have developed materials to navigate the complex process from project conception to completion. If you have any questions please contact your KREMC engineering department 574-267-6331 or info@kremc.com

What is the process for installing distributed generation?
What is required by the Cooperative if I install distributed generation?
How much does distributed generation cost?
Does the Kosciusko REMC offer “net metering?”
Do the savings associated with generating my own power justify the costs?