Net Metering

Net Metering 

Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between Dominion and its customers, which facilitates the connection of renewable energy-generating systems to the power grid.

Our net metering program encourages small-scale renewable energy systems, while ensuring customers always have a reliable source of energy from the grid during times when their renewable generators are not producing energy.

When a customer chooses net metering, we replace the meter at the customer’s home with a meter that measures two-way flow of electricity. Net metering customers are charged only for the “net” power that they consume from the electricity service provider that has accumulated over a designated period or, if their renewable energy-generating systems make more electricity than is consumed, they may be credited or paid for the excess electricity contributed to the grid over that same period.

What benefit do I receive?

Customers who have a renewable energy generation on their property, who sign up for this program will benefit from:

  • Producing electricity
    You are taking an active role in producing emission-free, renewable electricity for your home, and whatever you don’t use goes back onto the grid.
  • Credit for excess generation
    When you generate surplus electricity, you will receive credit for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity generated and delivered on the grid.
Eligible Energy Sources

Several types of renewable energy are potentially eligible for net metering:

  • Solar energy (photovoltaic)
  • Wind energy
  • Biomass (landfill gas or methane)
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Waste heat
  • Geothermal energy
  • Or any other renewable generation that meets state guidelines.

Maximum renewable generator sizes:

Virginia Virginia North Carolina
Residential Non-residential All Customer Classes
20 kW 500 kW 1000 kW
Payment Structure

Starting with the final interconnection agreement, the customer’s 12-month net metering period begins.  If the customer’s generation exceeds electricity supplied in any month, the customer receives a credit for the excess energy.

The billing period credit is accumulated, carried forward and applied at the first opportunity to any billing periods having positive net consumption.  If a credit is generated, the customer still receives a bill each month with basic monthly charges.

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