Ozarks Electric Net Metering Procedures
Follow these steps to begin net metering or if you are adding to your existing solar system.
Please review and familiarize yourself with the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s Net Metering Rules. (PDF)
Please complete the Preliminary Interconnection Application. (PDF) Please email the completed application, one-line diagram, specifications from the manufacturer and the projected hourly first year solar generation to email@example.com or mail to Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Attn: Manager of Energy Services, P.O. Box 848, Fayetteville, AR 72702.
If needed, Ozarks Electric will schedule your preliminary site visit.
For installation requirements, see FAQ’s below.
Once approved, at least 30 days prior to connecting, submit the Standard Interconnection Agreement for Net Metering Facilities. (PDF)
Please note that the Agreement must be received by Ozarks Electric at least 30 days prior to connecting. Please email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Attn: Manager of Energy Services, P.O. Box 848, Fayetteville, AR 72702.
Once installation is completed, contact Ozarks Electric at email@example.com or 800-521-6144. We will schedule the site visit commissioning appointment. The interconnection must be left disconnected and out-of-service until the site visit.
Note: There is a $40.00 trip fee (per inspection trip) that will be assessed to the account upon approval of inspection.
Upon approval, the Standard Interconnection Agreement will be signed by Ozarks Electric, and your account will be set up for net metering.
Please review the FAQ below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is net metering?
Net metering is the process of measuring the difference between electricity supplied by Ozarks Electric and the electricity generated by a grid-tie facility and fed back to the cooperative over the applicable billing period.
Where do I purchase the equipment?
You can find your own vendor or work with one of our trusted local solar vendors to be sure you are getting the best service available, Learn more at nwasolar.com. Ozarks Electric does recommend that you contact the Manager of Energy Services at 800-521-6144, prior to purchasing any grid-tie equipment to ensure the system is compatible with net metering.
What must I do to get a net metering facility approved by Ozarks Electric?
Before Ozarks Electric approves a net metering facility, the following conditions must be met:
- The net metering facility must use solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, or biomass resources to generate electricity.
- The net metering facility must have a generating capacity of no more than 25-kW or 100% of the highest monthly usage in the previous 12 months for residential use or 1000-kW for any other use.
- The net metering facility must be interconnected to a metered service billed under any of Ozarks Electric’s metered rates. The Ozarks Electric account must be in the name of the owner of the net metering facility.
- The net metering facility must be intended primarily to offset some or all of the net metering customer’s requirements for electricity.
- Additional services on the same premises are eligible for net metering provided the combined size of all net metering facilities for residential use does not exceed 25-kW or 100% of the highest monthly usage in the previous 12 months and the combined size of all net metering facilities for non-residential use does not exceed 1000-kW.
- The net metering facility installation must meet the installation requirements seen below.
What do I do if the property I purchase has an existing net metering facility?
In addition to applying for service through Ozarks Electric Cooperative, members who purchase a net metering facility must also complete the Standard Interconnection Agreement for Net Metering Facilities. (PDF)
How is billing handled with a net metering facility?
Any excess kWh generated by the net metering facility will reverse the kWh on the electric meter. All Ozarks Electric meters are capable of running backward, but upon cooperative inspection passing, the meter will be changed out for billing purposes. If the electricity generated by the net metering facility is fed back to the cooperative and exceeds the electricity supplied by the cooperative during the billing period, then the member will receive a kWh credit for the accumulated net excess kWh to apply to next month’s bill. Credits may accrue from month-to-month and do not expire. The member will not receive a special bill. The kWh credit will be maintained in Ozarks Electric’s billing system. The monthly availability charge and minimum bill still applies even if no electricity is purchased from Ozarks Electric.
At the request of the member, monthly excess kWh credits may be aggregated to additional accounts in a rank order provided by the member. The additional accounts must be in the name and same customer number of the member who owns the net metering facility. The member must provide the rank order of additional accounts at least 30 days prior to the first requested transfer. If the additional accounts are not in the same billing cycle as the net-metered account, those accounts will be moved to a common billing cycle. Excess kWh credits will be applied to the additional accounts up to the amount needed to net zero the kWh usage on each account in the rank order provided. Credit kWh will not be divided proportionately across the additional accounts, and the additional accounts cannot carry forward credit kWh from month to month. If the member has multiple net metering facilities, each net meter facility must have its own rank order list of additional accounts. An account only can be assigned to one rank order list. Excess kWh credits do not expire. Credits older than 24 months may be cashed out at the estimated average avoided cost of electricity if the sum to be paid is at least $100.
What are the net metering requirements?
The net metering system is required to meet all local and national electrical codes, including National Electrical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Electrical Safety Code and Underwriters Laboratory. Ozarks Electric assumes no liability or responsibility for the installation or operation of the net metering system. Ozarks Electric installation requirements are as follows:
- All interconnection equipment is UL listed (UL1741) or rapid shut down approved.
- Disconnect for generation is located next to electric service meter, if it is not feasible to place there, you must contact Ozarks Electric for approval of disconnect location
- Interconnection sticker applied to electric service meter base.
- No equipment can be attached to Ozarks Electric poles.
- All interconnected systems on a single-phase application shall be installed on the load size of the service overcurrent disconnect device.
- Supply side taps (or sometimes called source) must be approved by Ozarks Electric before installation.
- The overcurrent device should be sized to protect the wire connected to it.
- Where the capacity of the installed unit is equal to or exceeds 30 kW, corresponding overcurrent disconnects may be installed (maximum of 6).
- Ozarks Electric is not responsible for failure or damage to interconnected equipment.
- Labeling must identify disconnects.
Member must submit the Preliminary Interconnection Application (PDF), one-line diagram, specifications from the manufacturer and the projected hourly first year solar generation for Ozarks Electric’s approval prior to the installation. Please contact the Manager of Energy Services at 800-521-6144, for more information.
The member must complete and submit a copy of the standard interconnection agreement (see Downloads below) at least 30 days prior to the planned interconnection. The interconnection agreement will be signed at the time the system is commissioned by Ozarks Electric. Once the equipment is installed, the member must contact Ozarks Electric to schedule a site visit for Ozarks Electric personnel to commission the installation. The net metering equipment must remain disconnected from the electric meter until the system is commissioned by Ozarks Electric. Ozarks Electric will verify that the net metering system has been installed to meet all local and national electric codes and Ozarks Electric installation requirements and that the net metering equipment disconnects from the electric meter during a power outage and that the electric meter runs backward when the net metering equipment is feeding back to the cooperative. at the time of the site visit.
Does Ozarks Electric pay for excess generation?
Excess kWh credits carry forward from month-to-month and have no cash value until applied to a future billing cycle. Excess kWh credits older than 24 months may be cashed out at the estimated average avoided cost of electricity if the sum to be paid is at least $100.
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- Preliminary Interconnection Application. (PDF)
- Standard Interconnection Agreement for Net Metering Facilities. (PDF)