Net metering, also referred to as co-generation, allows MEA members to generate a portion of their electricity from an approved site generating source. This can offset the member’s own personal energy usage and in some cases cover beyond the member’s personal usage. Any unused electricity generated by the member, can be sold back to MEA at a rate comparable to the avoided cost of MEA having to generate that same energy.
Click the image below to see how net metering works in action.
Steps to become a net metering member
Do your research. Understand the different co-generation options and which one is best for your location. Many members choose to conduct a small study of the wind or solar resources available to better determine the actual output of their system vs. system specs.
Design your system. This is the responsibility of the member. MEA does not have the resources to design these systems for each interested member. Many members find hiring a contractor and/or installer extremely helpful and MEA technicians report this typically makes the process more efficient for us as well. It’s most helpful to MEA when installers have worked with us in the past or uses our resource guide to understand our system requirements.
Fill out your MEA application. Before or during the construction of your project, head to any MEA office or download the application. Complete applications can significantly decrease processing time. Complete applications include:
All elements of the application filled out. If you have questions, please call our Engineering Department at 907-761-9572.
Site plan – Including orientation to MEA’s existing electrical system, dwelling, other improvements, and property lines. We also prefer to see the nearest pole and pole number (listed on every MEA pole) to help identify where it is on our system.
Inverter certificate – Please ensure it is UL-1741 certified. Unsure how to receive certification? Check out our FAQ.
Detailed 1- Line diagram – A common electrical diagram of the system.
Placard(s) – Installed on the meter base, the disconnect, or both. The member is required to install placard(s). Placard(s) must indicate co-generation exists on the site and the type of generation (solar, wind, hydro, etc.). In some instances, when the disconnect is difficult to locate, we recommend a third placard indicating the location of the disconnect (example: disconnect on southeast side of barn).
Visit our sample applications page for applications to view member submissions that were approved by our Engineering Department.
Construct your project. This can occur simultaneously to your application being processed by MEA. Please ensure ample time for processing to allow you to connect your system as soon as you are ready.
MEA processes your application. This can take 2-4 weeks depending on the current workload. Processing time is faster if your application is complete, and the engineer has few follow up questions. The engineer will not look at the entire system design except for the components that link to our system. This is only a review of how your system connects to ours, not a verification of system design or performance.
Site inspection. The engineer will complete a final site inspection to ensure the actual construction matches the design and meets MEA’s system requirements.
Application approval and final steps. Once your application is approved:
One copy goes to our Billing Department. Depending on how the timing of the approval coincides with your current billing cycle, you should see your net metering data show up within your next two bills. For questions on how to read your net metering bill, call our Billing Department at 907-745-3231.
One copy goes to our Meter Relay Department. This will trigger a work order for installation of a two-way meter. This process generally takes up to 2 weeks. Once the meter has been installed, you are officially a net metering member!