Utah Solar Panels and Net Metering: What You Should Know

Utah Solar Panels And Net Metering
How a Net Meter works
Battery backup prices have made net and tariff metering the norm for solar customers. Because solar systems don’t gather energy when the sun is gone, a storage device is a necessity.   
As time goes on, home storage devices will become more affordable. However, until then, most have to stay tied to the grid to make solar a viable choice. This being the case, it is beneficial to have an understanding of what grid-tied options are available for Utahans.

Utah’s Intricate Net Metering Landscape

Net metering is when a Utah utility company gives their solar customers a one-to-one rate for the energy that they put on and taken off of the grid. Meaning the energy you use and put onto the grid is worth the same amount in two separate contexts. 
Some companies pay cash for the excess energy that is produced. However, most credit excess solar to the customers’ utility bill each month. Excess energy does roll over from month to month, but not from year to year.

How Net Metering Works in Utah

Although Rocky Mountain Power has changed, many Utah utilities still use net metering. It is worth looking at your electric provider to see if they have a net metering program.

Rocky Mountain Power Net Metering Changes

Because of Rocky Mountain Power’s change from net metering, only those who had solar installed before November 15, 2017, are grandfathered. These individuals have 1:1 kWh credit for the energy they overproduce.

Utah’s Rocky Mountain Power Schedule 135

Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 135 outlines the net metering program for those who get locked in historical rates. This document covers the monthly billing minimum for being connected to the grid and another 13 special conditions

Utah Solar Energy Association: Their Part in the Settlement

Because of Utah Solar Energy Associations work, Rocky Mountains scheme to ruin the Utah solar industry has been thwarted. The combined effort of concerned Utahans and solar professionals has halted the death of solar growth in Utah and given rise to a transitional program.

Rocky Mountain Power solar customers now have a fixed rate structure until 2032. Solar customers also do not have any additional fees that other non-solar customers don’t pay. Lastly, this organization has and is fighting for legislation to approve the state solar tax credit extension.

Tariff Metering: What Makes it Different in Utah

Tariff metering also known as “time of day usage” involves dividing the day, month, and year into tariff slots. Through tariff metering, you pay more for your energy used during periods when there is more demand for electricity. Rocky Mountain’s new transitional program is essentially a spin-off of tariff metering.

Rocky Mountain Power Solar Buyback

Rocky Mountain Power credits your power bill when you produce more energy than you have used. Those enrolled in the transitional program, have their meter measured every 15 minutes instead of at the end of every month. Transitional customers also are credited 90% of the exported energy’s retail value. Although this isn’t the 1:1 credit that it used to be, it’s still a leg up from what many utilities offer in their tariff metering rates.

Rocky Mountain Power Solar Application

When you decide to get solar, you will need to fill out a solar application for your power company. For Rocky Mountain Power, you will want to fill out their level 1 application for residential solar. This can be a painstaking task, but Go Solar Group is happy to help you in the process. Using a full-service company makes getting solar a seamless process.


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