What is Net Metering?
Net metering is a policy that allows people and their facilities that generate their own electricity from solar power to get credit for the energy they provide to their communities. Solar energy is pretty powerful and solar systems tend to produce more electricity than any one customer can consume each day. The extra electricity made by the solar system then goes onto the electric grid and is used by the customer’s neighbors. As a result, when one customer in a neighborhood goes solar, the entire neighborhood ends up using solar electricity as well. Net Metering will give you credit for the electricity your solar system created above and beyond what you could use.
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WOEC Net Metering Policy & Agreement (click on this link to download and print a copy of the policy & agreement)
- Read the WOEC Net Metering Policy and complete the West Oregon Electric Cooperative’s net metering agreement. It must be filled out, signed and returned to WOEC prior to WOEC’s inspection and installation of bi-directional metering.
- Pick a contractor for the installation. The Oregon Office of Energy’s website lists qualified contractors for state tax credit incentives. You can find it at http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/
- Once your generation equipment is installed and you have a signed copy of the final county electrical inspection notice, call WOEC and we will inspect and install bi-directional metering at the facility.
General Interconnection Requirements
- Nameplate generating capacity of not more than twenty-five (25) kilowatts
located on your premises
- Facility interconnects and operates in parallel with WOEC’s existing transmission and distribution system.
- Current automated meter reading (AMR) technology requires that your facility must accommodate two meters.
- You are responsible for the design and installation of the generation system, including engineering, design, permits, installation and wiring. You also are responsible for the costs of meeting WOEC’s interconnection requirements as outlined in the net metering agreement.
- All equipment on your side of the delivery point shall be maintained in satisfactory operating condition and shall remain your property and responsibility.
- You are responsible for having your net metering facility inspected and approved by the county electrical inspector confirming it meets all applicable Oregon codes.
- Net metering facilities must not adversely affect the safety of WOEC’s personnel or the reliability and power quality of the utility system.
- Net metering facilities must automatically disconnect from the utility system when power to the utility system is lost.
- WOEC requires a readily accessible, lockable manual disconnect switch at the point of delivery
- Approval for operation in parallel with the WOEC’s system must be obtained prior to the operation of any net metering system.