Net Metering

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With net metering technology, you can offset all or part of your electricity requirements.

Net metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from us and the energy you generate using your own solar or wind equipment.

Learn more about the net metering process and requirements below. Please note: Net metering rules, credits and rates are subject to the oversight and changes made by the applicable state public utility commission.

Learn more about the net metering process and requirements below. Please note, net metering rules, credits and rates are subject to the oversight and changes made by the applicable state public utility commission. 

Net Metering Process & Requirements

Typical project steps

If you decide to participate, you will have to meet all applicable codes and standards, obtain a government approved electric inspection and sign a net metering agreement before we install the new meter. The typical steps are outlined below.

  1. Plan your system. Ensure the inverters conform to IEEE 1547, UL 1741 and the installation follows the National Electric Code (NEC), as well as any applicable state and local jurisdiction rules.
  2. Apply for building permits, and apply for interconnection approval with Pacific Power. The application is available by clicking on your state below.
  3. Once you have received approval from Pacific Power, and also approved building permits, build the generation system.
  4. Have your generation system inspected by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction, and forward the completed inspection report to us.
  5. Once we receive a copy of the approved inspection, Pacific Power will schedule a metering professional to install the new net meter within 10 business days.
  6. With the net meter installed, start generating power.

If you are considering a net metering project, review these helpful resources and call toll free at 1-800-625-6078.

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Technical requirements for safety and reliability

Some of the technical requirements for interconnection to the electrical grid are:

  • Effective grounding –Your generation system must be effectively grounded. Most utility distribution systems in North America, including most of our utility distribution lines, are multi-grounded systems. This means there is a separation of your grounding system and our grounding system in the event of faults on either utility or customer generation equipment. Effectively grounded generation sources are required on multi-grounded systems in order to prevent dangerous over voltages during short circuit events, which serves to protect both customer and utility equipment.
  • Protection against islanding – You will be required to provide an “anti-islanding” scheme. Islanding is a condition in which a portion of Pacific Power’s system can stay energized and operate by itself even when our sources are de-energized. If warranted, you will be required to pay for protection against islanding.
  • Disconnect switch with visible break – Your distributed energy resource facility must include a UL listed AC disconnect switch that provides a visible break, is lockable in the open position, and is located between the production meter and the sub-panel or other connection to the generating facility. Your disconnect switch must be accessible to Pacific Power personnel at any time of the day. Specific requirements may vary by state and system size.
  • Protection system meets the latest IEEE 1547 standard – For non-net-metered generation, it must also meet Pacific Power’s Interconnection Requirements (PDF). If your protection system does not meet the necessary standards, you will be responsible for purchasing and installing additional protection equipment.

A full scope of the interconnection requirements for your installation will be sent to you after your interconnection request is received. Please provide your application to Pacific Power prior to any installation activity to ensure inclusion of the full scope of requirements in your detailed designs.

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