Thinking of going solar?
There are many reasons to consider switching to solar, from reducing your carbon footprint, to lowering your energy bills. Yampa Valley Electric's Net Metering Program allows members to offset their electricity usage with solar installed at their home. Not every home is a good fit for solar. Consider these guidelines as you explore powering your home or business with solar.
Did you know that YVEA already has renewable energy in our power supply? YVEA's Green Choice is an attainable renewable energy program that allows our local community to set renewable portfolio goals that are reachable within a short period of time. We are currently 42% renewable! For more information on our power mix, visit here.
Solar interconnection application/net metering procedures also apply to wind, hydro, biomass and battery generators.
Member Solar FAQ
The system size limits are set by the type of service the member now has or would qualify for with new construction.
Generators cannot exceed one hundred and twenty percent (120%) of the member's previous year kWh usage per service location, with a max instantaneous output of twenty-five (25) kW for small general service and one hundred and fifty (150) kW for medium and large general service.
In order to keep from raising rates to fund such projects, YVEA's board has elected not to offer rebates or incentives for member-owned solar systems.
During an outage, YVEA requires that member-owned solar systems shut down. This is because they could pose a significant safety hazard to line crews troubleshooting outages and restoring power. If the solar system is attached to a battery and has a YVEA approved transfer switch, the battery may continue to provide power during an outage.
Once the installation is complete, the installer will contact YVEA and let us know that the system is ready for inspection. A member-signed (electronic or manual signature) Certificate of Completion will be sent to YVEA for signature. The YVEA Approving Authority will coordinate a time and date to test the system to verify outage monitoring capability, the AC disconnect location and operation, the power production of the system, adequate signage, and any voltage rise on the system. The net meter will be installed which will measure excess power production as well as consumption. A copy of the completed Certificate of Completion will be provided to the member or installer.