As of July 2019, Homer Electric has 178 member-owned generators interconnected, with 33 wind generator installations and 144 solar panel installations 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
- 2016 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 183,167
- 2017 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 199,657
- 2018 kWhs generated by alternative measures = 277,037
HEA was 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 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.
Some of the highlights of the 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 Small Facility Power Purchase Rate (SFPPR) in HEA’s filed tariff. The current SFPPR is 8.289 cents/kWh (effective April 1, 2019). 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 SFPPR.
- The size of the member generation systems is limited to 25 kilowatts, with a minimum of .4 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.