Renewable Energy – Net Metering
UEC Solar and Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program will pay $500 per rated KW of the system up to $5,000 cap. The system must be installed, operated and maintained in compliance with all applicable engineering and safety standards, as well as UEC’s program guidelines (Net Metering Rules). UEC’s interconnection and net metering application and agreement are required.
Under Oregon law, net metering permits a UEC member to interconnect their renewable power generator to our grid, and sell us the excess energy they don’t use in their home or business.
These generators can be solar, wind, biomass or a half-dozen other types of renewables. They must be less than 25 kilowatts (25,000 watts) of generating capacity.
Each month, the power a member uses from UEC is offset by the power the member sends back to the grid. A member is only charged for the difference or the “net.” When a member puts more energy onto the grid than they use in a month, they carry this excess over to the following month’s bill.
What are the steps to take?
- Download (see link below) a copy of Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s Interconnection / Net Metering Application and Net Metering Rules. The application must be completed, signed and returned to UEC along with all supporting documentation for review.
- UEC review and approval of the application, are required prior to being authorized to proceed with installation. Upon approval customer-generator will receive a Interconnection & Net Metering Agreement for their review and consideration.
- Customer is responsible for the design and installation of the generation system, including engineering, design, permits, installation and wiring. You also are responsible for the costs of meeting UEC’s interconnection requirements as outlined in the Net Metering Rules and agreement.
- All equipment on your side of the delivery point shall be maintained in satisfactory operating condition and shall remain your property and responsibility. You are responsible for having your generation facility inspected and approved by the authorized electrical inspector confirming it meets all applicable Oregon codes.
- Small-scale generation and/or net metering facilities must not adversely affect the safety of UEC’s personnel or the reliability and power quality of the utility system. Net metering facilities must automatically disconnect from the utility system when power to the utility system is lost. UEC requires a readily accessible, lockable manual disconnect switch at the point of delivery. Approval for operation in parallel with UEC’s system must be obtained prior to the operation of any net metering system.
- Once your generation equipment is installed and you have a signed copy of the final county electrical inspection notice, call UEC so we can inspect and install the second monitoring meter at the facility.
General Interconnection Requirements
Nameplate generating capacity of not more than 25 kilowatts located on your premises.
Facility interconnects and operates in parallel with UEC’s existing transmission and distribution system. Current automated meter reading (AMR) technology requires that your facility must accommodate two meters.
To receive more information on the service please contact us at 541-567-6414.