OCEC currently has 53 approved systems that are receiving benefits from the State of Washington’s solar programs for a combined nameplate rating of 294 KW. Of the 294 rating 42 KW is from Community Solar projects located at OCEC and at the South end of Winthrop near the sewage treatment facility. Both of the State’s incentive programs are curretly at capacity and not accepting new participants, but OCEC is still accepting applicants for it’s Net Metering program. Net Metering requires a signed Net Metering Agreement between OCEC and the member which dictates the terms of the installation including rate of buyback, safety standards and Washington State L&I permits.
What is Net Metering?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output.