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What is net metering?

A system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing members to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. A surplus kilowatt-hour (kWh) transferred back to the grid from solar generation is valued at avoided cost. To see EnergyUnited’s avoided cost rate, which fluctuates annually based on market conditions, click here.

Does EnergyUnited offer net metering?

  • Yes, EnergyUnited offers two net metering options. To see the rates, click here.
  • Members enrolled in net metering will see two separate kWh readings on their bill:
    • The quantity of electricity delivered from the utility to the member (charge)
    • The quantity of electricity generated by the member and delivered back to the utility grid (credit)
  • For all electricity delivered back to the utility grid (credit), EnergyUnited offers two net metering options:
    • Option A:
      • Standby charge of $2.70 per nameplate value of solar installation
      • kWh delivered to the cooperative times the energy charge specified in the members residential rate schedule under which the member is currently receiving service
      • Example – Mrs. Snow:
        • Snow has 5.5 kW of installed solar on her rooftop, for the month of July it generated 711 kWh.
        • Snow works 9am – 6pm, and typically nobody is home during the day, therefore half of the energy generated was returned to the grid
        • For her July bill:
          • Charged electricity was 1,550 kWh *$.0767 = $118.89
            • 361 kWh generated from solar reduced her kWh charged
          • Credited electricity was 350 kWh *$.0767 = $26.85
          • Standby charge = $2.70 *5.5 kW = $14.85
          • Total energy charges:
            • $118.89 – $26.85 + $14.85 = $92.04
            • Net savings from solar = $39.69 (credited electricity – standby charge + solar generated kWh)
          • Option B:
            • No standby charge
            • kWh delivered to the cooperative times the applicable avoided cost rate
            • Example – Mr. Stark:
              • Stark has 5.5 kW of installed solar on his rooftop, for the month of July it generated 711 kWh.
              • Stark works 9am – 6pm, and typically nobody is home during the day, therefore half of the energy generated was returned to the grid
              • For his July bill:
                • Charged electricity was 1,550 kWh *$.0767 = $118.89
                  • 361 kWh generated from solar reduced her kWh charged
                • Credited electricity was 350 kWh *$.04233 = $14.82
                • Total energy charges:
                  • $118.89 – $14.82 = $104.07
                  • Net savings from solar = $42.51 (credited electricity + solar generated kWh)

What is the difference between net metering option A and net metering option B?

  • Net metering option A has a standby charge and credits the member kWh for kWh.
    • EnergyUnited’s original net metering rate, rather than eliminate, we are offering members the choice. Benefits vary based on the capacity of the solar installation.
  • Net metering option B does not have a standby charge and credits the member at avoided cost.
    • Offers better return on investment for members that design their solar system being 100% used by the house with no additional sales back to the cooperative.

Does EnergyUnited sell and install solar panels?

  • No, EnergyUnited manages the distribution electric system serving its members and does not install residential generation at this time.
  • EnergyUnited’s goal is to provide an easy process for local professional installers to interconnect at our member’s home or business. The interconnection agreement can be found on our website by clicking here.

Can EnergyUnited’s meters perform net metering?

  • Yes, EnergyUnited utilizes Sensus AMI technology for all meters.
    • Sensus AMI meters simply need to be reprogrammed for net metering and do not need to be swapped out.

Does EnergyUnited charge any additional upfront or monthly fees when I install solar?

  • All Interconnection Applications must be accompanied by an application fee of $100 for Residential Members and $250 for Commercial Members
  • EnergyUnited offers two net metering options, please view rates here.
    • Option A does have a monthly fee based on installed capacity.
    • Option B does not have a monthly fee and credits net metered kWh at avoided cost.

What is an avoided cost rate?

  • Avoided cost is the rate at which EnergyUnited can purchase electricity from alternative sources at various times of the day.
  • There are separate avoided cost structures for Solar Generation and Non-Solar Generation.
  • The Avoided Cost calculation and/or the formula for such calculation will be adjusted, as needed, but no less than once annually.

Does EnergyUnited offer a “sell all” solar energy rate?

  • Yes, installations sized from 1 – 500 kW can choose our Small Generation – Purchase Power Service rider (SGPPS).
    • Our SGPPS rider goes only to 20 kW for residential and 100 kW for non-residential. Anything larger is handled on an individual basis.
  • With the SGPPS rider all energy production is metered and purchase by the cooperative at avoided cost.

Does EnergyUnited recommend any local installers?

  • EnergyUnited does not endorse any specific installers.
  • However, we recommend using EnergySage to compare solar quotes online.

Use the links below to access a variety of information
  • Interconnection Process – This document outlines the basic steps necessary to connect a generation system to EnergyUnited. This is a must-read before beginning a new project.
  • 2022 Residential Electric Rate Schedule – Effective for bills rendered on or after January 1, 2022.
  • Forms and Standards – These are the technical documents and forms necessary to apply for interconnection with EnergyUnited.
    *Interconnection Application (Small Generation)
    *Interconnection Agreement (Small Generation)
    *Interconnection Standard (Small Generation)
    *Certificate of Completion
  • NC GreenPower Program – Formed in 2003, NC GreenPower is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to expand public knowledge and acceptance of cleaner energy technologies to all North Carolinians through local, community-based initiatives.
  • Donations to the Mass Market renewable energy product fund both the Solar+ Schools program and local renewable energy. The block size has increased from 50 kWh to 125 kWh of renewable energy from eligible green power generators across the state; the remaining donation will support the installation of small (3-5 kW) solar PV projects at selected schools. Annually, a monthly $4 donation will support 1,500 kWh of green power and has the environmental impact of planting 240 trees! NC GreenPower is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.
  • Please visit their website for more information: https://www.ncgreenpower.org/solar-schools/

To sign up to donate through your utility bill, call EnergyUnited at 1‑800‑522‑3793

If you have more questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help!

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