Simplified Interconnection Process

Before You Begin

Before starting the process, make sure you are using the correct Interconnection Application using the first two tables in the "How To Get Started" section of the Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DER) page. 

Simplified Interconnection Application (Most typical)

Instructions and Submission Form

After it has been determined to go with the Simplified Process, and to use the Simplified Interconnection Application,  complete the following steps to continue your solar panel installation request. 

  1.  Send $100  non-refundable application fee payable to City of Anoka along with the  customer name and installation address for reference. Pay one of two ways: 
    1. Mail to the address of:

      Anoka Municipal Utility (AMU)
      Attn:  DER Coordinator
      501 Pierce Street
      Anoka, MN 55303

    2. Pay over the phone for a small phone fee. See our Rate Sheet for current Convenience fee on non-present payment charges. Call the city's Finance Receptionist to make a "Solar Fee Payment" with reference to the installation address.
  2. Complete the Simplified Interconnection Application (PDF).
  3.  Complete the Uniform Contract for Cogeneration and Small Power Production Facilities (PDF).
  4.  Create a One-line Diagram (PDF).  This is a  diagram of the proposed Distributed Energy Resource (DER) system showing the point of common coupling, PCC, to the Area EPS Operator’s Distribution System. See the Information Required on the One-line Diagram (PDF)
  5. Obtain Manufacturer's Specs/Specification sheets. 
  6. Create a Site Layout of the proposed DER system. 
  7. Obtain a copy of current Homeowner's Insurance, scan and save a digital copy. (follow Insurance Requirements (PDF).
  8. Obtain a copy of the Electrical Permit from the proper jurisdiction. 
  9. Obtain a copy of the Building Permit from the proper jurisdiction. 
  10. Scan or save all items from steps two through nine electronically.  Submit them using the Simplified Interconnection Application Submission Form.
  11. Wait for approval. Simplified Process eligibility does not guarantee the Interconnection Application will pass the initial review screens. Failure to pass the screens will route the Interconnection Application to the Fast Track Process.  After the Application Fee and Standard Application Submission Form are both received, the review process will start at AMU.  If all items are complete and acceptable, an email with the master electrician's approval will be sent to either the AMU customer or the designated Application Agent, then installation may begin.
  12. Upon approval, customer should submit payment for:
    1.  a $300 meter fee (calculated at 75% of the meter cost at today's rate and updated as prices change), and
    2. $1000 grid access fee (beginning January 1st, 2024, this applies to all applications).

      See step 2 for payment methods. Then, schedule a time to disconnect power at the project site in order to install the new interconnection meter using our Disconnection of Power Scheduling Form

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Meter seals are NOT to be cut by contractors or by homeowner(s) and MUST be scheduled through our AMU office. Contact us at the Anoka Municipal Shop. 
  • If you wish to have a production meter installed, which is not required,  we can provide one for $40.00 . Please let our Master Electrician know in advance. Thank you!

After installation is complete, follow these steps before commissioning.

  1.  Complete the Certificate of Completion (PDF). This must be signed by the Electrical Inspector. 
  2. Submit the completed Certificate of Completion using the Certificate of Completion Submission Form.
  3. Schedule the Anti-islanding Test appointment required to commission the interconnection using our Anti-islanding Scheduling Form.

Additional Questions

Additional information can be found on our Distributed Generation Policy (PDF). Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  page or contact us at Anoka Municipal Shop for further questions.