Currently, Homer Electric has 75 member-owned generators interconnected, with 37 wind generators and 38 solar panels producing locally owned renewable power.
- 2010 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 36,767
- 2011 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 58,173
- 2012 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 111,593
- 2013 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 150,734
- 2014 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 162,350
- 2015 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 173,745
HEA has become the first utility in the State to adopt net metering standards designed to encourage the development of member-owned renewable energy systems.
HEA’s net metering program allows a member to reduce the amount of electricity purchased from HEA by interconnecting on-site member-owned or leased generation facilities. Under the new regulations, the amount of member-generated power offsets the member’s electric consumption, with the member either billed for net electric consumption or credited for generating more electricity than was used.
HEA’s net metering tariff is identical to net metering regulations recently adopted by the RCA after approval by the Lieutenant Governor.
Some of the highlights of the new net metering regulations are:
- If HEA supplies more electric energy to the net metering member during the month than the member supplies to the utility, HEA will bill the consumer for the number of kilowatt hour hours of net energy used. For example, if a net metering member uses 800 kilowatt hours (kWh) from HEA but generates 100 kWh back to the grid, then the member will be billed for only 700 kWh.
- If the member supplies more electric energy to HEA during the month than the HEA supplied to the member, then HEA will credit the member’s account. The credit amount is derived by multiplying the amount of net energy generated to the grid by the non-firm purchased power rate in HEA’s filed tariff. For example, if a net metering member uses 100 kWh and generates 800 kWh back to the grid, the member will receive a credit for 700 kWh at the non-firm purchase power rate.
- The size of the member generation systems is limited to 25 kilowatts.
Eligible generation systems include solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, hydrokinetic, ocean thermal, and landfill or biogas.
Interested in Alternative Power Generation?
Click HERE for an application for Interconnection of Alternate Power Generation
Click HERE for the Interconnection Requirements
Members with questions about net metering and interconnection facilities are encouraged to contact HEA Engineering Projects Specialist at 907-235-3336.