Contractors will typically handle the steps to install a solar or renewable energy system and interconnect it to AMP's electric grid.
As a property owner, it is wise to play an active role. Understanding the key steps will set expectations and allow clear and effective communication with contractors. Use the steps below as a guideline for AMP’s interconnection process. Expand each section for more information
All solar and renewable energy system installations require a building permit (SPV or SPSA). Your contractor will typically apply for the permit through the City of Alameda Permit Center.
After the permit application has been submitted, the permit center will review the application and forward to AMP for an engineering review. Once the reviews have been passed, the installation of the renewable energy system may begin.
To begin the permit application, visit alamedaca.gov/PermitCenter
For questions or more information, contact the Permit Center at:
(510) 747- 6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your project includes a battery storage system, please note:
- In order to qualify for interconnection to the electric grid, a battery storage system must be paired with a renewable energy system, like a solar renewable energy system
- The battery storage system must not back feed to AMP’s distribution grid.
- It must comply with all state standards for smart inverters.
If you are a PG&E natural gas customer, you may qualify for the PG&E Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which includes incentives for energy storage.
Please note: SGIP is administered by PG&E and is not an AMP program. For more information, visit pge.com/SGIP.
Once the permit center has reviewed the projects plans and granted approval to proceed, installation can begin.
Once installation is complete you will need to contact the AMP Engineering Department to schedule an inspection. Please email AMPInspect@alamedamp.com to schedule this inspection.
A final inspection must be scheduled and passed by the Permit Center. (AMP DOES NOT issue final inspection).
Contact the permit center to schedule inspections at: (510) 747-6830
To interconnect to AMP’s electric grid, you will need to submit the ERG Application package to: email@example.com
ERG Application Package includes:
AMP will waive the residential interconnection fee ($330) for homes built before January 1, 2020.
Interconnection will be approved once interconnection fees have been paid and the ERG application is approved.
|Commercial and Multifamily (Up to 50 kW)
|Systems greater than 50 kW**
|*AMP will waive for homes built before January 1, 2020
**AMP will provide an estimate if fees exceed $1,100.
AMP will route the interconnection agreement internally for signatures. Once the agreement has been signed by the appropriate parties, a permission to operate (PTO) letter will be sent to the owner and contractor.