Net Metering FAQ

All net-metering inquiries and applications should be emailed to SVEC.

kW = kilowatt

kWh = kilowatt-hour

MW = megawatt

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.

How do you credit my generation?

As your solar array produces electricity, that energy feeds into your main electrical panel. Any home loads running at the time (refrigerator, HVAC, lights, etc.) consume that energy. If there is extra energy after those home loads consume what they need, that energy is fed back into the electrical grid.

We provide kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits on your account for that energy. We are not able to display that information on members' bills at this time. Current net metered members can retrieve their kWh credit balance by calling (800) 234-7832. One of our member service representatives can provide information for your account.

What happens if I generate more energy than I have used?

You will carry a kWh credit balance with SVEC for the excess amount. You could expect a monthly bill with solar to be as little as our basic consumer charge (plus taxes and fees) if all kWh consumption was produced by the solar array.

If you have a month where you use more than you produce, these credits are applied to your account before you are charged for any electricity delivered to you. These kWh credits do not expire and there is no cap on accrual.

Are there any fees associated with the application process or monthly fees for having the system?

There is a $50 net meter inspection fee that SVEC charges to inspect the system and change the meter. This is typically paid by your solar installer on your behalf. A monthly bill with solar can be as little as our basic consumer charge (plus taxes and fees) if all kWh consumption was produced by the solar array. This is our base charge to be connected to the SVEC distribution system. There are no standby fees assessed by SVEC.

How do I read my net meter?

Find information on how to read your new AMI meter here.

Our Landis + Gyr Focus AXR net meters contain three to four rolling values, depending on how the meter is programmed.

REC = Received. This is electricity being put back on the grid from the solar array, after any home load consumption. This value only goes up.

DEL = Delivered. This is electricity SVEC has delivered to the member. This value only goes up.

NET = Net Value, Delivered – Received. This value can go up or down depending on how much electricity the solar array has produced.

DMX = Demand. This value may soon apply to residential accounts.

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 separately from commodity electricity.  For more information, visit

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

For additional information on rules and regulations, please view the State Corporation Commission’s Order Adopting Regulations (PDF).

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

United States Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Programs

United States Department of Energy, Wind Powering America