Net metering allows members to receive the full value for the electricity that their renewable energy system produces. The term, net metering, refers to the method of accounting for the electricity production of a renewable energy system. Net metering allows members with such systems to use any excess electricity they produce to offset their electric bill. As the member’s system produces electricity, the kilowatts are first used for any electric usage on the premises. If more electricity is produced from the system than is needed by the member, the extra kilowatts are fed into the utility grid.
Under net metering, the member’s meter measures the electricity the member used from the utility system, less the electricity the member’s system puts back. The excess electricity produced is fed into the utility grid and credit is given to the member at the retail rate.
At the end of the month, if the member has generated more electricity than they used, the utility credits (banks) the net kilowatt-hours produced at the retail power rate. If the member used more electricity than they generate, they pay the difference. The annual billing period for net metering begins and ends with the MVEA’s January billing cycle. MVEA will pay the member-generator for any remaining unused Energy Credits at MVEA’s average cost of power.
Net metering is intended primarily to offset part or all of the consumer’s electric energy requirements at the same location, and will not be used to offset or provide credits for electric consumption at any other location or for any other member. MVEA, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse net-metering to member-generators that have limited electric energy requirements when compared to the capacity of the generating system.
Systems are limited to a total aggregate nameplate generating capacity, from single or multiple generators, not greater than 10 kW for residential rate classes; not greater than 25 kW for all rate classes other than residential. Systems may be downsized or denied based on the determination of the Engineering Screens at any particular location.
Prior to starting an installation:
Click here to submit a request for preliminary screen.
If the system passes the screens, schedule a pre-job approval meeting with MVEA at our Falcon Operations Center, 11140 E. Woodmen Rd, Falcon, CO, 80831.
- Completed Interconnection Application – Appendix 2. Interconnection Application and Agreement for Grid Connected Renewable Energy Generating Systems under 25 kW
- $200.00 dollar Net Meter application fee
- Insurance certificate – $300,000 Personal Liability
- *Site plan
- *One Line drawing
- Equipment specifications (UL 1741 Listing for inverter)
If everything is in order and the system passes engineering screens, MVEA will issue a letter to the member for PPRBD with the location of the *disconnect and members can start the permitting process and installation. Contact Ray Singmaster, MVEA Master Electrician, with the permit number. If members are not in El Paso County they will need to contact the Colorado State Electrical Board and obtain a State Electrical permit, or the authority having jurisdiction.
*(1) – Includes an A/C Safety Switch/Mechanical Disconnect, with a visual open mechanism and externally operated handle, Square D, DU221RB Safety Switch 240VAC, General Duty, 2-Pole or equal, located _Outside-(cannot be behind fence, obstructions, etc.) and it must be accessible. MVEA has no additional metering requirements.
Members of Mountain View Electric Association, Inc., who are planning a renewable energy project and seek to connect to MVEA’s system, please view the information below:
- Interconnection Start Flow Chart (PDF)
- Interconnection Request Information (PDF)
- Rule & Regulation 15.0 Interconnection of Consumer Generators (PDF)
- Net Metering Rate (PDF)
- REC Purchase Agreement (PDF)
- PPRBD Plan Check
- Interconnection Complete Flow Chart (PDF)