Beginning April 1st, Garkane will be temporarily suspending the acceptance of any new NET applications as we work to upgrade the Net Meter application process. The goal is to have the new program ready to roll out by May 1, 2023.
Net Metering is a term that refers to having a generating facility where you export unused electricity back to the grid. This is common for residential solar systems on a home or wind turbines. A Net-meter calculates the usage your facility generates and what is consumed compared to what is exported back to the grid.
Be sure to work closely with your cooperative for advice and assistance on interconnecting with the grid. They can provide information and history of your energy usage that can help you size your system and evaluate savings. Co-op staff has experience in working with other member-owners and solar contractors.
YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE GARKANE NET-METER APPLICATION PROCESS TO GET CREDITED FOR YOUR SOLAR PANEL GENERATION
We have seen multiple instances where new solar owners have bypassed the net-metering application process and hooked up their own solar system to the meter. This means the meter was not setup or commissioned to properly read kWh consumption vs kWh generated so all electricity flowing through gets billed as consumption, rather than offsetting the generation from the panels. Part of the net metering approval process is commissioning tests and inspection to confirm that the system isolates/disconnects itself from our system appropriately for safety reasons. So it's a huge safety concern as well as billing concern if the owner of the solar system is planning on getting credited for the energy generated by the solar panels.
Interested in Net Metering, please download the application and review the requirements. Contact James Clegg our Energy Advisor with questions at 435-261-3988
Please email application to Taleana Virostko at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at any Garkane office.
*In order to accommodate as many members to connect to the grid with cogeneration systems, we will not allow a system larger than 125% of max demand recorded for the service location.
- Net Metering Guide & Application 1 - 25 kW or less Generation Capacity
- Net Metering Installation Handbook - Level 1
*For Net Metering over 25 kW or for a General Service Net Metering application, please contact email@example.com for engineering and application requirements.
It is important to gather as much information as you can in order to make the best decision for your situation. The following information is available to help our members with the process.