Interconnecting your DER with Connexus Energy’s Distribution System

State of Minnesota interconnection process

Connexus has adopted rules developed by the State of Minnesota pertaining to the interconnection of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) to the electrical distribution system. It is required that the process be followed for any interconnection of a DER to the electrical distribution system.

A DER is any device or system that either generates or stores electrical energy that is interconnected to the utility electrical distribution system. DER technologies can include photovoltaic solar systems, wind turbines, energy storage batteries, or diesel generators, and are not limited to renewable technologies.

The process and associated documents are established based on the size (rating) of the DER system and type of interconnection. The overview process document provides a comprehensive explanation of the interconnection process and requirements across all sizes of interconnections, up to 10 MW in size.

Interconnection process and associated documents are set up into process tracks based on DER size, as listed below. An explanation of interconnection process specific to each track is listed along with the track. Click on the link to access the process document.

Table of interconnection tracks based on DER size

Process Track

DER Capacity Size

Process Overview Document

Simplified Up to 20 kW Simplified Process
Fast Track Over 20 kW up to 4 MW (4,000kW) Fast Track Process
Study Up to 10 MW Study Process


Under 40 kW

Given the very wide range of DER size covered by the Fast Track process, the process to follow and documents to use for net metering applications of systems less than 40 kW is referenced below – Net metering interconnections.

Net metering is interconnection of DER where the utility will compensate the interconnected customer for any excess generation produced above what is used by the customer. The utility will purchase the excess energy at rates in accordance with current tariffs. More information about net metering can be found at the MN PUC website.

Energy storage interconnection

The Energy Storage Application must be completed and submitted for all energy storage DER interconnections in addition to the Simplified or Standard Interconnection Applications, whichever is applicable to the DER size.

Interconnection technical requirements

The Cooperative Minnesota Technical Interconnection and Interoperability Requirements (TIIR) specifies technical requirements applicable to the full range of sizes and types of DER facilities to be interconnected. The Connexus Technical Specification Manual (TSM) is to be used in conjunction with the TIIR and identifies technical requirements and guidelines specific to Connexus Energy.

Submitting an interconnection application

Interconnection applications, including all attachments and supporting documents (listed below), may be submitted electronically to: [email protected]

  • Application
  • Site Map
  • One-line Diagram
  • Labels Page
  • Manufacturer Specifications
  • Homeowner’s Insurance

Application fees will be deducted from the interconnection members utility account upon receipt of application.

Supplemental review and equipment upgrade fees will be paid online by credit card or through US Mail via check to the address below:

Connexus Energy, C/O DER Interconnection Coordinator, 14601 Ramsey Blvd. NW, Ramsey, MN 55303

Contact information

Submit all interconnection applications and any subsequent documentation via email to: [email protected]

If you have any specific questions you need assistance with, please contact by email, call, or text: [email protected] or 763.691.8981

If the existing meter seal must be cut for access service wiring or removal of the meter as part of the installation, the electrician or project manager must call 763.323.2650 for notification prior to cutting the seal.

If you need to have power disconnected to accommodate installation, please call our scheduling department at 763.323.4215 in advance to schedule a crew for the disconnect.

Frequently asked questions

How is the system size determined?

Total system size is based on the total aggregate nameplate capacity ratings of all elements of the DER system that will be generating or discharging power. For renewable energy sources such as solar generation, this would be the AC power rating of the inverter or sum of ratings of multiple inverters. See page 19 "Nameplate Rating" in Overview Process for detail.

Do panels work with snow on them?

Anything that impedes sunlight reaching the elements internal to solar panels will hinder generation. A cloudy sky, fog, and rain will significantly reduce solar generation, but may not totally prevent it. Snow or ice directly on the panels will significantly reduce solar generation, and if completely snow or ice covered, likely completely impede generation.

How much does solar cost?

Connexus will not publish cost of solar because we do not sell or market solar generation and pricing can vary between suppliers. You may call one of our Member Service Specialists to discuss what we see as trends, however contact a solar energy supplier for actual pricing.

Will you buy back my excess electricity?

Connexus will buy back excess energy generated by renewable energy systems that is not consumed for systems less than 40 kW in size. See Connexus Energy rates for available rates. This does not include energy storage that is discharged by an energy storage system.

Do I need to have it inspected?

Your DER system must be inspected and approved by a Minnesota licensed electrical inspector and final on-site inspection by Connexus Energy, prior to being provided approval to operate. This applies for all systems interconnected to the distribution system, either behind the service meter or grid connected, and whether completed by a home or business owner or a hired contractor.

Am I limited in system size by how much electricity I use?

Not if the system is net metering sized less than 40 kW. The system size must be less than 40 kW nameplate, and must produce less than 40 kW of AC power.

What are the federal tax credits?

In December 2020, Congress passed an extension of the ITC, which provides a 26% tax credit for systems installed in 2020-2022, and 22% for systems installed in 2023. (Systems installed before December 31, 2019 were eligible for a 30% tax credit.) The tax credit expires starting in 2024 unless Congress renews it.

Will I still have an electrical bill?

The power produced by a member-owned solar system will offset power they would otherwise purchase from Connexus. If the system produces more power than the member consumes, Connexus will provide net energy credit for excess kilowatt-hour (kWh) generation. Depending on the Net Metering rate schedule elected by the member in the DER Interconnection Agreement, Connexus will either purchase the excess kWh generation or add roll-over kWh credits to the account.

Members with solar systems still have charges on their bill that offset the net energy credit, such as the cost of basic service, energy usage, net metering grid access charge, and taxes.


It is the responsibility of the member and contractor to determine the optimal solar system nameplate capacity to fit the member’s needs.

Can I install it myself?

Yes. Connexus does not require the applicant to contract with a supplier to install the system. However, the applicant is still required to follow the interconnection process starting with the application and approval, and must have the completed system pass inspection by a State of Minnesota qualified electrical inspector, and final inspection and witness test by Connexus.

Why is there a grid access fee?

The grid access fee is a means of all members pay equal share of use of the grid and avoid cross subsidization of fixed costs.

How do you read what excess electricity my system produces?

Connexus will install a bi-directional meter that will measure and record the energy you consume and the excess you export to the grid, on two separate registers. Once a month we will read these registers remotely, and use those readings to calculate your bill.

Do I need a production meter?

Connexus does not require a production meter. A production meter may certainly be installed, however since it is not required by Connexus, it must be provided by the applicant or applicant’s contractor.

Can my contractor or electrician cut the meter seal and remove the Connexus Energy meter if needed to complete wiring and installation of my solar or storage system?

If the existing meter seal must be cut to access service wiring or remove the meter as part of the installation, the electrician or project manager must call Connexus at 763.323.2650 prior to cutting the seal to avoid being assessed a fee.

I am installing a generator at my home to serve as an emergency power source. Do I need to go through the interconnection process?

No. However, there are still technical requirements that must be applied and adhered to for interconnecting an emergency generator to building wiring. Please see the following for requirements: Emergency Generator - Open Transition Switch Requirements

Do you have information/websites to learn about solar?

Should broken or old solar panels be thrown away or recycled?

Most homeowners have a warranty or contract for their solar panels. If the panels fall under the warranty (usually 25 years), then it’s the responsibility of the installer or the manufacturer to recycle the solar panels properly. Check your warranty or contract for responsibility, if applicable.

Why don't you offer rebates for on-site solar?

We support members who make the choice to install self-generating solar systems by offering incentives for the application fee (paid during the application process and refunded after the system is commissioned).

Which residential programs are not eligible with Net Metering?

Peak-Time Rebate, Whole House Time-of-Day, or Budget Billing programs are not eligible with Net Metering. If a member is currently enrolled, those programs will be removed when the DER interconnection is commissioned, upon activation of the new Net Metering rate.

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