When solar systems are installed, you can still be connected to the utility grid. This is called an on-grid system; this way you can still draw power from the grid when your not producing enough solar energy to power your home. During times when your producing extra solar energy you can send that electricity back to the utility grid to earn a credit on your utility bill. An advanced meter that is capable of monitoring both directions of power is installed by your utility provider. Most utility companies offer net metering services. An interconnection agreement between you and your utility provider must be completed before installing your system.
To meet Ohio’s net metering rules you must:
- Solar system must be intended to offset part or all of your own electricity requirements up to 120%.
- The equipment must be located on your own property.
- You must be interconnected to the electric utility distribution system.
Credits from net metering can be applied to offset charges in future months but will be lost if you move properties.
More on net metering in Ohio can be found here.
An application for Net Metering Interconnection is filed directly with your utility company. Once approval is received from the utility company installation can begin. The advanced meter is installed once the solar system is installed and approved by the utility company.
A time line for First Energy Net Metering can be found here.