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Registration and inspection DG installation

Your own DG installation connected to the electricity network of WEB Bonaire? Welcome! Please read the rules of play and register.

What is a DG installation?
DG stands for Distributed Generation. This concerns decentralized installations for the generation of renewable energy (‘green energy’) that are connected to the grid. On Bonaire these are installations for solar and wind energy generation.

Why registration and inspection?
It is mandatory to register your DG installation with WEB and to have it inspected, if you want to connect the installation to the electricity grid. Only approved installations may be connected to the grid. Also an expansion of your installation always has to be inspected. Why? For your and for our safety, and for the continuity and quality of the electricity supply.

Safety
Solar energy and wind energy are not without risks. The connection instructions and accompanying procedures, including inspection, are intended to avoid dangerous situations.

Continuity and quality
For the continuity and quality of the power supply it is necessary that WEB knows the location and size of your DG installation.

 Necessity
An approved DG installation is hence necessary – for you, for WEB and for the island. It is never allowed to connect a non-approved installation to the electricity grid. If, despite the regulations, you connect a non-approved installation to the grid, you are liable for the negative consequences hereof.

If WEB encounters such a situation, the electricity supply will be interrupted.

If the procedure has been successfully completed, this will be recorded between WEB and the customer in a so-called ‘ DG Interconnection Agreement’. It is mandatory to conclude this DG Interconnection Agreement with WEB. With this, you declare that you agree with the connection rules and the installed capacity of the DG installation is recorded. After signing you are eligible for the feed-in compensation.

 The application procedure

  1. You are already a client of WEB and you have an electrical installation. You want to connect a DG installation, or you want to legalize an existing connection.
  2. You want to expand your existing DG installation.
  3. You are a new client of WEB for an electrical installation including a DG installation.
  • In all three cases you are obliged to engage a registered installer. Also if you build the system yourself, a registered installer is necessary for the required drawings and registration for inspection.
  • The installer delivers the appropriate documents at WEB. These are:
    • Fully completed application form
    • Situation drawing
    • Installation drawings of both the electrical and the DG installation
    • Inspection cards of installations
    • Technical specifications of installations
  • WEB assesses the completeness of the application. This is followed by a so called ‘grid integration study’ for installations with a capacity larger than 13 kVA, or in case WEB considers it necessary: what is the impact of the DG installation on the voltage and loading of the distribution network in the area? If the reliability or the quality of electricity supply is affected negatively, WEB may reject an application to connect a DG installation to the grid.
  • WEB tests the installation to the connection instructions.
  • If the application is complete and WEB has approved, then the installer will collect the application and deliver it, with the related documents at the Office of Enforcement (DTH – Dienst Toezicht en Handhaving) of the Public Entity of Bonaire. DTH performs the inspection of DG installations, as is the case for electrical installations.
  • After receiving the documentation DTH will schedule the inspection and will inform the installer and WEB when the inspection will take place.
  • In the case of non-approval DTH will schedule a new inspection with the installer and WEB.
  • After approval DTH and WEB sign the inspection card. After this the mandatory DG Interconnection Agreement is signed and the settlement of the feed-in compensation starts.
  • Please note! Upon signing the DG Interconnection Agreement, you must submit the signed inspection card or a copy thereof.

Details inspection DG installation

DG Interconnection Agreement
Upon approval of your DG installation by DTH and WEB follows the signing of the mandatory DG Interconnection Agreement. For this you have to submit the signed inspection card or a copy thereof.

After signing of the agreement WEB will place a suitable meter that registers the feed-in. The DG installation then is connected to the grid and the feed-in of electricity is settled with you.

Feed-in
Compensation for electricity fed into WEB’s grid is part of the DG Interconnection Agreement. This is regulated by the Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES that is in force since July 1st, 2016.

For private customers who have a connection with a capacity of up to 13 kVA the feed-in tariff is 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. For business customers with a capacity larger than 13 kVA the feed-in tariff is 1 cent per kilowatt-hour. The height of the feed-in tariff is determined according to a ministerial arrangement. The feed-in tariff is set by the Ministry of Economic Affairs

Please note! If the fed in amount of electricity is larger than the amount of electricity drawn from the net, the surplus is not reimbursed. The compensation is calculated over a half-yearly period, namely January 1st to June 30th and July 1st to December 31st. You can find the precise legal text in the Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES, Chapter 4, section 4.1, paragraph 3.

More detailed information can be found in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant, see: ministerial order electricity and drinking water BES).

Can I also feed in electricity with Pagabon?
No. Pagabon customers cannot supply green energy to the WEB network. The Pagabon connection cannot register the feed-in. If you want to connect a DG installation to the grid, you can submit an application to WEB to change your prepaid Pagabon meter into a postpaid meter. Then you must submit a request to WEB to have your prepaid Pagabon meter changed into a postpaid meter. You then follow the procedure described above.

I want to go off-grid with my DG installation, is that possible?
Yes, you can, but there are costs involved. If your DG installation has a capacity of more than 14 kVA, you must for 5 more years pay the fixed usage fee to WEB after the disconnection.

Information and application
Information about the connection requirements and the application form can be downloaded here.

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