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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Net Metering? Net metering is one way to measure and value the output of member-owned generation.  The intent of a net metering arrangement is to allow the member to meet all, or part, of their electricity requirements by using renewable fuel generation on the member’s premises. 

What renewable sources and other technologies are eligible? Solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal electric, municipal solid waste, small hydroelectric, tidal energy, and wave energy. 

What happens if I use more energy than I have generated? Then, you pay only for the net energy that you have received from the system, plus any fixed monthly charges provided by the applicable rate schedule. 

Where are the rate schedules for Net Metering?

They are:

          Virginia Net Energy Metering Rider NEM-6 ( 18 KB)

What do I need to do if I am considering net metering?  Please contact the Cooperative to let us know if you are considering net metering in your home or business, to ensure that all requirements are met for interconnection.  Contact information

Can I use net metering at my non-residential account? Yes.  There is a max capacity limit of 500 kW for non-residential systems, and a 20 kW limit for residential systems. 

What are Renewable Energy Credits? Also known as green certificates, green tags, or tradable renewable certificates, they represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects and are sold separate from commodity electricity.  For more information, visit http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/markets/certificates.shtml 

Where can I get more information about net metering and other related topics?

Please visit: DSIRE:  Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, a source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.  

United State Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program, which gives more information about cost-effective solar technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world.  

United States Department of Energy, Wind Powering America, which gives information about wind power, and a wind resource map for Virginia.