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. System must be installed, operated and maintained in compliance with the IEEE and all other applicable standards. System must be installed under UEC program guidelines (Net Metering Rules). UEC interconnection and net metering application and agreement are required.
Net metering is available to Umatilla Electric members who own and operate a facility that generates electricity (more electric energy that they consume) from renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar or fuel cell. Net metering facilities are intended to offset or meet all of your own electrical requirements. Net metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from Umatilla Electric Cooperative and the electricity you generate using your renewable generating equipment.
If the 25 kW or less facility generates more electricity than you use, UEC credits you its avoided cost for wholesale electric power. That means UEC pays you for any wholesale power costs that were not made, or “avoided”, because the net metering facility displaced the need to purchase power. See Net Metering Rules for avoided cost rate schedule.
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.
- In addition to the two-way billing meter that measures the flow of energy to and from the UEC system, UEC will install, own and maintain, at its sole expense, a kilowatt-hour production meter for monitoring the generation.
- 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 twenty-five (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.