Customers who install renewable energy generation systems (RGS) on their homes or businesses, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, can interconnect with the City’s distribution system and receive a billing credit for the solar energy they do not use. The RGS program is offered to meet the City’s renewable energy and conservation goals listed below:
Connecting Renewable Generation to the City’s Electric System
Customers wanting to install a renewable energy generation system must make application to the City, sign the appropriate agreements, provide technical information about the facility, and obtain the necessary building permits. The City will consider RGS applications on a first requested, first accepted basis subject to a system limitation of 5.0% of the City’s total peak demand of its electric system or approximately 1,000 kW. This limit will accommodate over 200 installations of customer-owned RGS systems with a typical rating of 5 kW. Below is the step-by-step process for connecting RGS facilities to the City’s electric system:
Net Metering and Billing
After the customer’s installation has been inspected by the appropriate building official, the City’s Electric Division will install a special “bi-directional” electric meter at the facility. The meter will record the net energy delivered to the customer from the City during the month offset by the energy (if any) delivered from the customer to the City’s electric grid.
The customer will be billed under the , which works in conjunction with the standard rate schedule applicable to customer’s facility. Under net metering, the customer’s energy consumption will be reduced by the output of the renewable energy generation, thus reducing the customer’s electric bill. If the customer’s renewable energy generation system produced more energy than the customer consumed in a given month, the City would apply a dollar energy credit on that month's bill.
Utility Services & Billing Information
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Electric Utility Department, located at 900 N. Donnelly Street. You can contact Steve Langley, the Electric Utility Director, at (352) 735-7155, extension 1815.