Net Metering

Submitted by caseyg on Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:41

Okanogan County PUD is promoting the installation of customer-owned alternative power generation. For further information or questions please contact Kim Johnson at 509-422-8428.

Take advantage of this program by following these steps:

1. Understand Net Metering

Download and review all the PDF documents listed on this page.

To get started, begin with this Customer Information Packet on Net Metering.

You may elect to become a net-metered customer. A meter is the only additional equipment required for a net-metered solar or wind system to qualify as a  Generator. If the system has battery backup, additional meter(s) may be required.  Okanogan County PUD will assist in determining type, number, and locations of meters based on the system design.

Identify the Generation equipment you would like to install. Net Metering allows for systems rated up to 100 kW. Customers may purchase qualified solar and wind power generators from the retailer of their choice. Local contractors sell and install power generation systems.

Contact the appropriate city or county building and planning department to discuss your project. Determine whether you must obtain permits or if there are zoning restrictions that would prohibit the installation of your generator. You must obtain an electrical permit.

Contact your property insurer to discuss the installation of your power generator. Your insurance agent may need copies of receipts for the purchase of the equipment and the installation costs to update your homeowner’s annual insurance premium. The PUD does not require liability insurance to become a producer.

Contact an Energy Services representative by calling 509-422-8428 or 1-800-922-7011 to discuss your project.

2. Applications, Agreements and Fees

Complete and return the following documents and fee(s) to the Energy Services Department at Okanogan County PUD, PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840:

pdf logo Attachment A: Application for Interconnecting a Generating Facility no Larger than 100 kW

Important information pertaining to this application:

  • Interconnection inverter must be UL 1741 and IEEE 1547 listed
  • An electrical schematic drawing must be included
  • If a lockable visible disconnect is required, provisions for it must be included 

A check made out to Okanogan County PUD for $100.00 (Application Processing Fee).
Pre-Pay Line Extension Charge (if applicable). If additional facilities are required those fees will be calculated as a line extension.

pdf logo Attachment B: Generating Facility Certificate of Completion

pdf logo Attachment C: Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement

pdf logo Attachment E:  Customer Checklist for Utility Interconnection

pdf_icon.png Attachment F:  Interconnection Standards for Electric Generators with Generating Capacity no Larger than 100 kW.

The Okanogan County PUD Engineering Department must approve each net-metered system before it may be interconnected with the PUD’s distribution system.  Location and type of meters must be approved by the District before power generation starts. Safety-related testing of each Net Metered system may be required before interconnection to the utility grid is allowed.

It is recommended that you first complete and return the Application for Interconnecting a Generating Facility no Larger than 100 kW, the Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement or the Production Metering Agreement for approval to be certain the system you own or intend to purchase meets all the requirements.

3. Generator Installation

After receiving approval to become a Net Metering Customer, you are ready to purchase and install your power generator.

Contact the appropriate city, county and/or electrical inspectors during installation.  Remember to install your Generator according to the Interconnection Standards for Electric Generators With Generating Capacity no Larger than 100 kW and the Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement.

Call the PUD to schedule inspection of your completed installation.