Battery backup prices have made net and tariff metering the norm for solar customers. Because solar systems do not gather energy at night or during inclement weather, storage devices are needed to store the excess solar energy produced.
As time goes on, storage devices will be an affordable option. As of now, many have to stay tied to the grid to make solar a viable option. This being the case, it is beneficial to have an understanding of what grid-tied options are readily available for Utah solar consumers.
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 their excess solar to the customers’ utility bills each month. Excess energy does roll over from month to month, but not from year to year.
How Does Net Metering Work in Utah?
Although Utah’s largest utility company has recently changed their metering system, there are still many municipal utilities that use net metering in Utah. If you don’t get your electricity through Rocky Mountain Power,then it is worth looking into your utility company 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 got solar before November 15, 2017 were grandfathered in to existing rate structures and tiers. These individuals have the same 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 have been locked in at the historical rate structure. 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 utans 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. In the their new transitional program, your meter will be measured every 15 minutes instead of at the end of every month. You will also be credited 90% of your 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 states get in their net 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. Finding a full-service company will allow getting solar to be a seamless process.