Is Solar Right for You?
Enter an address on our WattPlan page and WattPlan will estimate your potential for a rooftop solar array. You will get an estimate of the electricity you can generate and how much you might save each year on your electric bill.The figures shown are estimates only and do not constitute a guarantee of savings on your electric bill.
- You can complete the application process online using PowerClerk.
- This Step-by-Step Guide (PDF) outlines the procedures that SMECO, the customer, and the installer must follow to complete the process.
- Interconnection Queue for projects greater than 500 kW (XLSX) – Updated December 31, 2019.
- SMECO tariff – Net Metering Rider (PDF)
- SMECO tariff – Net Metering Aggregation Rider (PDF)
- SMECO tariff – Generator Interconnection Standards (PDF)
- A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Electric Systems (PDF) (NRECA)
- SMECO Connection Requirements (PDF)
- Electric System Planning Criteria (PDF)
- Interactive Solar Hosting Capacity Map
- Distribution Utility – Utility Required Profile Inverter Settings (PDF)
Glossary of Terms
- Net metering – A method of crediting customers for excess electricity that they generate.
- Distributed generation – Small, modular, grid-connected or off-grid energy systems located in or near the place where energy is used.
- Renewable energy – Electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass. These energy sources are considered renewable because they are continuously replenished.
Safety Around Solar Panels
Like any other source of electricity, solar panels can pose a hazard. Be aware of the risks and learn how to respond in case of an emergency. Visit our Solar Panel Safety page for more information.
Emergency Backup Generators
Residential customers who own and operate small emergency generators do not generally need to register with SMECO as long as the generator remains isolated from SMECO’s distribution system. Commercial customers who own similar generators should contact the Cooperative for assistance if SMECO electric service modifications are necessary to accommodate the generator installation. Any generator installed after 1999 that produces more than 1,500 kilowatts may need to apply to the PSC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) exemption. Contact SMECO for more information.
Your SMECO Bill
If you have solar panels or other means of generating your own electricity, or if you have a smart meter, your SMECO bill will list the amount of energy supplied by SMECO and the energy produced by the panels in excess of what you used.