Solar (Net) Meters
Availability of Service
Solar Power Energy billing (Net-Metering) is available for customers who have an eligible renewable generator operating in parallel with the VTES electric system, and request to connect at a standard non-time of use rate for service offered by VTES.
An eligible renewable generator is a generating facility that complies with all applicable requirements of the Code of Virginia related to net metering.
What is Net Metering?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits renewable energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. Net metering measures the total electricity flows in both directions – from the utility to the customer facility and from the customer facility to the utility. A renewable generator generating more electricity than the facility was consuming would cause flows from the customer facility to the utility.
With Net Metering the customer will receive a credit each month for any kWh of electricity sent to VTES in excess of the kWh received from VTES during that month. These credits will be carried forward and used to offset usage in subsequent months. Credits are not transferable and the customer will not receive any compensation for excess credits.
If you generate more electricity than you receive you will still receive a monthly bill for any non-usage charges such as the Customer Charge (which covers the cost of the meter reading, customer billing, service equipment and other expenses) and Demand Charges (if applicable under a standard commercial rate).