Green Power Providers

Program Update

TVA, working with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association’s (TVPPA) Energy Services Committee and Renewables Working Group, is making the following adjustments for the remainder of the 2015 calendar year for the Green Power Providers (GPP) program.

Capacity Pools

On July 22, the two capacity pools—residential and non-residential—will merge into one pool available to applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. This change is being made as a significant amount of capacity remains in the non-residential pool while the residential pool is nearly full.

Deadline Dates

Deadline dates have been established for local power companies (LPCs) and other applicants to ensure sufficient time for processing by LPCs and TVA prior to the end of the calendar year:

  • Nov. 13: Last day to roll off waitlist (if any applications are on waitlist); this will occur only if capacity pool is full
  • Nov. 18: Last day for customers to submit Capacity Reservation Requests (CRRs) to reserve 2015 capacity at 2016 premium rates
  • Nov. 18: Last day for customers to submit Participation Agreement Requests (PARs) to guarantee 2015 capacity and premium rates
  • Dec. 9: Last day for LPCs to complete reviews and approvals and submit forms to TVA

NABCEP Requirement

Additionally, for 2016 and future years, TVA will not require the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) full-certification requirement and will continue with the entry-level requirement. TVA will periodically evaluate NABCEP requirement-related industry standards.

2015 Program

TVA has worked closely with local power companies (LPCs) and other stakeholders with the goal of responsibly increasing renewable energy development across the region by aligning programs with current and future integrated resource plans, shifting available capacity to the most cost-effective programs, and aligning prices with declining technology costs.

For Green Power Providers, TVA and participating local power companies are offering 11.33* megawatts of capacity through the innovative and sustainable Green Power Providers program in 2015. Green Power Providers was developed to encourage the development of small-scale solar, wind, biomass and hydro generation systems across the Tennessee Valley that are 50 kilowatts or less.

TVA is accepting applications for the Green Power Providers program from participating local power companies through a new online application process. Open Enrollment was conducted January 26-February 13. Capacity remains in both the residential and non-residential pools. Therefore, TVA will continue to accept Capacity Reservation Requests (CRRs) on a first come, first serve basis until all available capacity, plus a 30% waitlist is full. Applicants should carefully read the 2015 Green Power Providers Program Participation Guidelines and description of the application process before applying with the local power company.

Through innovative renewable energy programs like Green Power Providers, TVA and participating local power companies are putting TVA’s vision of low-cost and cleaner energy into action. Green Power Providers will benefit Tennessee Valley power consumers because it aligns renewable generation payments with those who voluntarily support renewable energy through TVA’s Green Power Switch program. These two optional programs complement TVA’s existing renewable programs, including the Solar Solutions Initiative for installations between 50 kW and 1 MW and the Renewable Standard Offer program for renewable energy generation up to 20 MW.

To learn more about Green Power Providers and its key features, read these frequently asked questions.

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Available Capacity

Our dashboard, updated weekly, shows program availability.


Renewable Standard Offer

Developers of small- to mid-size renewable projects in the TVA service area can participate in TVA's Renewable Standard Offer.


Tax Credits

Green Power Providers participants are eligible for a federal tax credit that can mean substantial savings on their tax bills. These fact sheets provide details:

Solar energy tax credit summaries

Wind energy tax credit summaries



2015 Green Power Providers Guidelines

Solar installations approved by TVA must be designed, inspected and approved by a renewable energy professional with at least entry-level NABCEP certification.

Local power companies participation in Green Power Providers.