|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
||Commercial, Residential, General Public/Consumer
|Applicable Utilities:||City of St. George|
|System Capacity Limit:||250 kW; larger systems may be allowed on a case-by-case basis|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit:||No limit specified|
|Net Excess Generation:||Carried to customer's next bill at retail rate. After 12-month cycle, excess credited to next bill at avoided-cost rate.|
|REC Ownership:||Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)|
|Meter Aggregation:||Not addressed|
Policy No. 10.95|
The St. George City Council adopted a net-metering program for area utilities, including interconnection procedures, in October 2005.* The interconnection procedures include different requirements, based on system size, for systems up to 10 megawatts (MW).
Net metering is available to residential and commercial customers that generate electricity using photovoltaic (PV) systems. The net metering agreements currently available on the utility's web site only pertain to PV, but wind and other renewable technologies may be eligible for net metering. If a customer wishes to participate in net metering with a wind system or other renewable technology, they should contact the utility. The utility may develop additional net metering agreements as needed. Similarly, the net metering agreements currently available on the utility's web site only address systems up to 250 kW. Customers interested in connecting a larger system should contact the utility. The utility may develop a separate net metering agreement as needed.
The utility will provide a single, bidirectional meter. Customers are credited for excess generation at the same rate as charged, unless the customer has excess generation at the end of a continuous 12 month period. In that case the customer will receive a credit at the municipal utility's avoided-cost rate.
The City of St. George has also developed interconnection rules for net metered systems. Inverter-based systems up to 10kW in capacity can qualify for Level 1 interconnection, which features a streamlined review process. Systems greater than 10 kW and up to 2 MW can qualify for Level 2 interconnection. Systems between 2 MW and 10 MW can qualify for Level 3 interconnection.
* Utah enacted legislation in 2002 requiring all investor-owned electric utilities and cooperative utilities to offer net metering to their customers. However, the law does not apply to municipal utilities. The City of St. George offers net metering voluntarily.