Net metering is one way to measure and value the output of member-owned generation. At Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, net energy metering is an arrangement between the Cooperative and a member-owner that allows the member-owner to install renewable fuel generation at the member-owner’s premises and interconnect it with the Cooperative’s distribution system.
The intent of the arrangement is to allow the member-owner to meet all, or part, of their electricity requirements by using renewable fuel generation on the member-owner’s premises. The meter logs kilowatt hours when the member-owner is a net user of electricity. Conversely, the meter credits kilowatt hours at the meter when the member-owner is a net generator of electricity, resulting in a month-ending meter reading that represents net use.
The full interconnection process can be found in the document here, or by following these steps:
How To Get Started
Are you a member-owner who is interested in net metering? Please follow these steps:
1. Call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832 or visit your local office (find us by clicking here) to provide preliminary information for net metering at your property.
2. When you’re ready, submit the Net Metering Interconnection Notification (NMIN) Form to SVEC (the application is available here). This represents a member-owner’s official request to the Cooperative.
3. Once an NMIN Form is received, an SVEC engineer will (within 30 days) review your:
- Equipment, to ensure that it is appropriately certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
- Location, to ensure there are no changes necessary with the Cooperative’s distribution system.
- System’s size, to ensure that the generating facility will not produce more energy than what was used in the previous year (Detailed regulatory information is available from the State Corporation Commission by clicking here).
4. SVEC will let you know if your design is approved for interconnection and you’re approved to build your system.
5. An appointment is set for on-site inspection and testing of interconnection by SVEC.
6. Meter swap occurs, and new net meter is set and activated by SVEC.
7. You’re finished!
For additional information on rules and regulations, please view the State Corporation Commission’s Order Adopting Regulations by clicking here.