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This should provide you a general overview of the interconnection process. Each application is handled on a case-by-case basis and may include additional requirements not mentioned here.

Step 1 – Preapplication process/research

Before you begin your project, gather your historical electrical usage data for your property. Installers require you to provide your electric usage history before giving you an estimate. SCMEU can provide your usage information by calling 515-733-4691 M-F 8AM-4:30PM or emailing

Step 2 – Submit interconnection application

Once you find an installer, work with them to start your interconnection application. They should be able to guide you through the application process or even do it for you and only require you to read over the documents, sign them and provide the applicable fees.

Step 3 – Application review

If the Standard Interconnection Request Application is incomplete or the fee is not received, the application will not be processed.

If the application is complete, we will notify you the application has been accepted.

Step 4 – Installation of customer generation

You will then install your generating equipment within a timeframe that is mutually agreed upon. It will be important that you maintain ongoing communications regarding your project schedule and projected completion date with SCMEU personnel so that we may ensure proper interconnection with our facilities.

Before metering will be installed, you must provide documentation of a successful state electrical inspection.

Step 5 – Completion

You will be notified that the interconnection with SCMEU facilities is approved. A signed original Standard Interconnection Agreement and Certificate of Completion will be sent to you for your records. Your generating equipment should not be in operation prior to receiving this permission to operate.