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.
Customers who have a renewable energy generation on their property, who sign up for this program will benefit from:
Several types of renewable energy are potentially eligible for net metering:
Maximum renewable generator sizes:
|Residential||Non-residential||All Customer Classes|
|20 kW||500 kW||1000 kW|
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.