Rooftop Solar FAQ

Solar

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we allow member owned solar power systems to interconnect with Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s power grid?

Yes, we do allow member owned solar power systems to interconnect with Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s power grid through net billing.

Do we sell, install, or finance solar power systems, panels, and equipment?

Yes, we sell, install, and offer financing options for solar systems.  Please contact one of our energy experts for more information.

Do we offer rebates for solar power equipment or installation?

No. We do not offer any rebates for solar power equipment. The state and federal governments offer the majority of rebates for solar equipment in the form of tax rebates. Please check with your tax professional to see if there are any government rebates for which you might qualify.

Do we allow the setup and interconnection of solar farms to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperatives power grid in our assigned service territory?

Please contact the Energy  Services Department for more information.

Do you recommend any solar system installers?

No. We do not currently recommend or endorse any solar system installers.  Refer customers to “Questions and Considerations for Solar Installers” and “What Should My Solar Bid Include”, www.blueridge.coop/rooftopsolar

What is the process for applying for solar interconnect/net metering?

There are several steps in the application process. Refer customers to “Solar Step by Step Guide” on our website, www.blueridge.coop/rooftopsolar.

Where can I find the applications/forms for solar interconnect/net metering?

All forms and applications are available for download and printout on our website, www.blueridge.coop/rooftopsolar.

Does installing a solar power system mean I will never have a power bill again?

No. Installing a solar power system does not eliminate your power bill. As long as you are interconnected to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s power grid you will still be charged, at minimum, a monthly basic facilities charge.  There will also be periods where you consume more electricity than you generate, and you will be billed for the kilowatt hours you consume during those periods. Any applicable demand charges will still apply as well. 

How does net metering work?

Net billing is the manner in which we make power available to the member from BREC, while allowing them to put excess generation on the power grid. The meters we use for this are bi-directional, but power can only flow through them in one direction at a time. If the solar installation generates more power than is currently being consumed by the member, then any “excess generation” flows through the meter to the power grid.

Help me understand my solar/net metering billing statement.

Refer customer to the Solar Billing diagram with “hot spots” on our website,www.blueridge.coop/rooftopsolar. Walk them through the descriptions of each line item and how it affects their bill.  Pay special attention to explaining “excess generation” and what it entails.

What is the maximum size (KW) for residential and commercial locations?  In addition, how is the allowable size of the solar power system I am allowed to interconnect with Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative determined?

Currently the largest interconnected solar power system that we allow to be installed at a residential location is 20KW. The largest interconnected solar power system that we allow to be installed at a commercial location is 100KW.  Approved system sizes are determined by your estimated maximum kilowatt demand of 20KW for residential or 100 KW for a non-residential service

Do I need to meet with a Blue Ridge employee before allowing a solar installer to begin installing a solar system at my location?

We recommend that the member contact our Energy Services Department so we can advise if solar is right for you.

Can I participate in both the Community Solar and Solar Interconnect programs at the same time?

No. Customers can participate in either one of the programs, but not at the same time.