- DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, a source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- United State Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program, which gives more information about cost-effective solar technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world.
- United States Department of Energy, Wind Powering America, which gives information about wind power, and a wind resource map for Virginia.
Also known as green certificates, green tags, or tradable renewable certificates, they represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects and are sold separate from commodity electricity.
For more information, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's website.
Safety is CEC's utmost concern. The Net Metering participant's generation must disconnect from the utility power system whenever an outage occurs. This prevents the member's generator from energizing CEC's facilities and creating a hazard. The installer and your local building inspector should work together to make sure the system is installed correctly to protect you and your home, and the CEC inspector will check to make sure the connection is safe for CEC.
This question is best answered by your installer or solar panel vendor, but you can get a general idea of payback period by using the tools at PVWATTs to determine the value of your generation per year compared to the total install cost.
Yes. There is a maximum capacity limit of 1 megawatt for non-residential systems, and a 20 kilowatt limit for residential systems.
This Rider is available on a voluntary basis as a “companion rate” to any Customer who contracts with the Cooperative for the purchase and retirement of renewable energy attributes (“Renewable Energy”) for all of the Customer’s monthly consumption under an existing Cooperative Rate Schedule. Except as noted below, this Rider is available in all territory served by the Cooperative, subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Cooperative on file with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
This Rider is available to residential class Customers.
View our Rates page for more information.
You pay only for the net energy that you have received from the system, plus any fixed monthly charges provided by the applicable rate schedule.
Your electric bill will not show any output of energy your system produced. Your bill will only show the difference between the energy generated at your site and the energy consumed from CEC's distribution system; hence, the term Net Metering. Most renewable systems sold today have equipment with access to renewable generator readings that will estimate the output of the system. You will need to consult the manufacturer/installer of your system to determine if this is available.
Energy derived from sunlight, wind, falling water, biomass, sustainable or otherwise, (the definitions of which shall be liberally construed), energy from waste, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power.