Golden Valley Electric Association - Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) Program (Alaska)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Alaska

Name Golden Valley Electric Association - Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) Program
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Agricultural, Institutional, GVEA customers
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies; determined by kWh produced and contributions from supporting members.

Maximum Incentive 1.50/kWh

Terms Maximum system capacity 25 kW
Program Administrator Golden Valley Electric Association

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) SNAP program encourages members to install renewable energy generators and connect them to the utility's electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a dollar per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh) basis. The amount paid to participating renewable energy producers depends on the total amount contributed by GVEA supporters.

“Qualified alternative energy resources" includes electricity produced from generation facilities that are fueled by: (a) wind; or (b) solar energy and other renewable energy resources. GVEA limits these resources to 25 kilowatts of capacity or less per system.

There are two different SNAP programs available:

  • SNAP: Producers of renewable power do not use any of the power they produce. The power produced is measured separately from the existing home or business energy use by a separate meter. GVEA also developed specific standards for the interconnection of SNAP generators to its distribution system.
  • SNAP Plus: Producers of renewable power can also net meter through this program. SNAP Plus participants receive an annual payment and a monthly credit for net excess generation.

SNAP producers are responsible for the total cost of connecting their SNAP generator to Golden Valley Electric's distribution system. Applicable fees may include:

  • an inspection/connection fee of $100 (includes the cost of verifying interconnection requirements, accessing the grid and installing a meter)
  • a one-time records fee of $10 (per meter and account)
  • a monthly meter fee of $3.65 (deducted from the annual production payment)
  • line extension fees, if necessary, depending on the distance to the nearest GVEA facilities.

SNAP producers are paid once a year around Earth Day. SNAP is not for members who want to install renewable energy sources as a back-up power generation system at their home or business.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Todd Hoener
Department Golden Valley Electric
Address 758 Illinois St.
Address 2 P. O. Box 71249
Place Fairbanks, Alaska
Zip/Postal Code 99707-1249
Phone (907) 451-5607


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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