What is Net Metering?
Net metering is a program that lets you install a small renewable energy system, such as solar and wind, to reduce your electric bills and have less impact on the electric grid.
You’ll still be connected to us through the grid. That way, in the event that you need more electricity than you’re generating, we can automatically supply it to you.
Likewise, if you create more electricity than you can use, that extra electricity could go into the grid, and you’ll get credit on your bill for it.
You’ll get a special meter called a net meter installed to record the difference between the amount of electricity your system puts into the electric grid, and the amount of electricity you take out of the grid.
Net Meter Displays
Understanding Net Meter Digital Displays
The following table from New York State Standardized Interconnection Requirements summarizes New York net metering rules.
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|New York (PSL §66-j) Net Metering|
|Solar/Micro-hydroelectric||Biogas||Micro CHP||Fuel Cell|
|Limit on System Size||25 kW||Up to 2MW||1 MW||10 kW||10 kW||Up to 1.5 MW|
|Remote Net Metering||No***||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Limit on Overall Enrollment||6% of 2005 Electric Demand per IOU for Solar, Biogas, Micro CHP, Micro-hydroelectric and Fuel Cells combined|
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|New York (PSL §66-l) Net Metering*|
|Applicable Sectors||Residential||Non-Residential||Farm-Service Wind|
|Limit on System Size||25 kW||Up to 2 kW||500 kW|
|Remote Net Metering||No**||Yes||Yes|
|Limit on Overall Enrollment||3% of 2005 Demand per IOU|
*Refer to specific utility tariff leaves for more detailed rules and regulations applicable to net metering.
**Residential customers who own or operate a farm operation as defined by Agriculture and Markets Law §301(11) and locate solar photovoltaic or micro-hydroelectric on property owned or leased by the customer are also eligible for remote net metering.
Details about net metering can be found on page 37 of Service Classification Rider N in Orange and Rockland’s Schedule for Electric Service. Additionally, the New York State Public Service Commission has developed standardized interconnection requirements for customer-owned generation.
For more information, contact Orange & Rockland’s representative.
New Jersey customers are eligible for net metering if the generator(s) is on the customer’s side of the meter and meet the following criteria
- Using Class I renewable energy sources which include the following:
- Solar Thermal
- Fuel cells powered by renewable fuels
- Wave or Tidal action
- Methane gas from landfills
- Methane gas from a biomass facility (provided that the biomass is cultivated and harvested in a sustainable manner)
- The generating capacity of the customer generator’s facility does not exceed the amount of electricity supplied by the electric power supplier or basic generation service provider to the customer over an annualized period
For more information, contact Rockland Electric Company’s representative.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if my roof is right for solar panels?
Determine if your roof is appropriate for solar panels by considering these recommended guidelines:
- The roof is flat or south facing
- There are minimal roof obstructions from vent fans, HVAC, etc.
- There is minimal or no shading from adjacent buildings or tall trees
- The roof is structurally sound and has an expected remaining life of 20 years
If your roof fits these criteria it will be ideal for solar panels. These guidelines do not necessarily rule out other roofs.
Will my system work in the winter or at night?
Will my system require maintenance?
How long will my system last?
Does PCL&P recommend particular vendors or equipment?
How much electricity will my PV system generate?
With the help of a certified installer you can configure a solar-energy system that – when it can operate to capacity – is rated to meet your expected needs. The actual amount of electricity the system will be able to generate at any given time is dependent primarily on the availability and intensity of sunlight – without sunlight your system is going to become inactive and will not produce any electricity; on a clear, cool sunny day your system is going to produce at its maximum.
Simply, your system should be designed to coincide with your annual usage, and, given adequate sunlight and roof size, could generate approximately the amount of electricity you require. Any excess produced will be exported back to the grid and purchased by Orange & Rockland (see Net Metering).
What is the difference between PV and solar thermal?
The primary difference between these technologies is the type of energy produced. Solar PV technology captures the sun’s energy and creates electricity, which can be used to power your home. Solar thermal technology does not produce electricity; it harnesses the sun’s energy as a heat source. A common application of solar thermal technology is to supplement a water heater.
Will my system provide emergency power?
Typical installations are unable to supply power during an outage.
For other project specific questions or concerns please contact O&R’s Distributed Generation team at firstname.lastname@example.org