Net metering 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.
Do your research. For Alaska Statutes regarding net metering of electric energy throughout the state please click here. Understand the different 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. To be eligible for net metering, a member must be generating from one of the following sources at their location: (A) solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy; (B) wind energy; (C) biomass energy, including landfill gas or biogas produced from organic matter, wastewater, anaerobic digesters, or municipal solid waste; (D) hydroelectric energy; (E) geothermal energy; (F) hydrokinetic energy; (G) ocean thermal energy; (H) other sources as approved by the commission that generally have similar environmental impact.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: