Setting Up Net Metering: A State-by-State Guide (Part 1)

Net metering provides a pathway that allows homeowners to offset 100% to 120% of a home's annual electricity usage via solar energy. 

This blog series goes over setting up net metering in the United States. We cover each state in alphabetical order as part of our ongoing effort to provide our customers and readership with beneficial resources for solar power.


While net metering is not required by the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC), some utility providers in Alabama do offer it. 

Companies such Alabama Power do offer net metering programs. Setting up net metering for solar in Alabama entails contacting a local utility provider first – this way you can find out if net metering is offered in your area. If net metering is available you can ask for a bidirectional meter. Some companies may provide this sort of equipment free of charge. 

You will have to submit an application to the power company in question. You can contact the provider directly for support with the application process.


Setting up net metering for solar power in Alaska will depend on the provider/utility company. For instance, Chugach Electric Association requires customers to submit an Engineering Request. You can use the "Customer Generation" option to proceed accordingly.

After this, you will have to complete an Application for Net Metering Installation. You may be offered a one-line system schematic and you’ll have to provide your equipment specifications. This particular application process requires a fee of $225 that is non-refundable.


Arizona ceased offering net metering for homeowners with solar panels back in 2016. Instead, the state of Arizona provides a net billing program that helps incentivize solar power installation. 


Arkansas does have a generous net metering policy in place, however, requirements will typically vary from utility company to utility company.

For instance, Entergy Arkansas has net metering customers submit affidavit forms for meter aggregation, lease, common ownership, and/or service agreements. Customers may also be charged a one-time administrative fee for securing equipment such as generation meters as well as any additional meters required.


To set up net metering (NEM 3.0) for solar in the state of California, customers must meet a certain criteria and complete required documentation in order to proceed. 

You’ll be prompted to complete an Agreement and Customer Authorization (A&A) form. Other forms required include the Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) Interconnection Application. These forms can be completed/processed online or downloaded and filled out on the computer. You should be able to upload the PDFs to the utility's web portal.


Setting up net metering in Colorado involves a few simple steps. First, you’ll have to get pre-approval. It’s important to have full approval from your chosen utility provider and their engineering team. After this you’ll have to sign final agreements.

Next you’ll have to fill out and submit an interconnection application. Some installation providers and developers can submit these forms on your behalf. Lastly, you’ll have to get a permit – an electrical permit if you have photovoltaics or a mechanical permit if you have solar thermal.


To set up net metering for solar in Connecticut, you can apply online when applying for electrical interconnection with Eversource. Your solar contractor can also apply for net metering when applying to connect your new solar system to the Eversource grid


Delaware residents can utilize net metering if generating electricity via solar, wind, or resources such as hydro.

You can contact your local utility company to undergo the application process. It typically takes around 2-3 weeks for approval. 


Setting up net metering in Florida involves a few steps. You will need to review state net metering guidelines and have your solar energy system size pre-approved (which includes providing details about panels and inverters. There’s an online application process. Once completed, your utility provider will replace the electric meter with a bidirectional power meter (which is referred to commonly as a two-way meter).

Final steps include signing an interconnection agreement and getting final approval from a qualified local inspector.


Georgia has a Solar Power Buy Back Program that helps solar customers take advantage of net metering. 

Georgia Power customers can fill out an application and provide information like name, account number, and address. You will also have to include one-line drawing, panel, and inverter specifications in addition to battery specifications (if battery storage is included). All systems are required to meet any applicable safety, power quality, and interconnection guidelines.


Although Hawaii stopped its net metering program for new solar installations/customers back in 2015, customers who have pending applications that were submitted before the October 13, 2015 deadline may still in fact be eligible. New solar energy customers can choose one of two new tariffs, either Customer Self Supply or Customer Grid Supply.


Unfortunately, Idaho does not currently have state-wide net metering in a mandatory sense. This may change in the future. Despite this fact, some utilities in Idaho do offer other forms of compensation when it comes to solar energy.


If you’re looking to set up net metering in Illinois, you should get in touch with your electric utility so you can start the application process for the program. Check with your installer for more information as well. For example, ComEd applications can be emailed to the company directly. ComEd typically reviews applications within 10 business days.

Tune in for Part 2 Next Week!

That concludes our introductory blog for this series. Our next article will cover Indiana through Montana. Get in touch with Geneverse today to learn more about how our PowerPillar ESS can be paired with net metering to get you big savings on your electric bill. Tune in next week for part 2 of our series on setting up net metering state-by-state!

About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable and cost-efficient source for solar energy. Our PowerPillar ESS integrates solar power, battery storage, not to mention grid and generator power sources that help our customers get the most out of their energy storage investment – all at the most competitive pricing on the market. We craft complete home energy systems that power energy independence rain or shine in addition to portable solar products that provide decentralized power during emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about Geneverse and how we can bring protection and security to your family/household by visiting our website today.

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