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Huntsville council OKs TVA Green Power plan

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A Green Power program that would allow customers to sell solar-generated electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid has been approved in Huntsville.

The city council authorized Huntsville Utilities last week to participate in the pilot program for residential and small commercial customers.

HU spokesman Bill Yell said Huntsville, Cullman and an electrical co-op in the Sheffield area are the only Alabama power distributors in the pilot program, which will let customers with solar-generated electrical equipment get paid for feeding that energy into the power grid.

Yell cautioned that the equipment's cost could take 20 years to pay off through Green Power sales, but energy credits are available to help offset equipment costs.

"If you're into it to save money on your utility bill, that's not really going to happen unless there's a major price drop in equipment," he said.

Participants must sign a 10-year agreement to supply the supplemental energy.

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