Net Metering & Renewable Generation FAQs

What is net metering?
Net metering provides one way for customers who generate their own renewable electricity to power their homes or businesses and even sell the excess energy back to SCE&G, if they choose.

What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is electricity that is produced from natural resources, including the sun, wind, water and organic matter. Renewable energy sources are readily replenished by nature and are a cleaner source of energy.

Does SCE&G allow renewable generators on its system?
Yes. SCE&G understands the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. That’s why we teamed up with other regional power suppliers to form Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of renewable energy resources in our state. Additionally, we allow customers who own their own renewable electric generation systems to connect to our system as long as they follow set procedures to ensure the safety of both the customer and SCE&G.

How do I know which self-generation option is best for me?
Conduct research to learn more about the different options. Since your decision will likely be impacted by various site specific factors, contact at least three vendors early on to determine how feasible self-generation is for you.

How much does it cost to install renewable generation?
There are many options (solar, wind, hydro, even biomass), so there is no set price. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Website is a good starting point for customers looking for more information.

Is there a size limit for my renewable generator to participate in net metering?
Yes.  For residential customers, the generator output capacity cannot exceed your maximum household demand or 20KW, whichever is less.  For small commercial customers, the generator output capacity cannot exceed the maximum demand of your business or 100KW, whichever is less.

How do I get started?
For an application, please call SCE&G Energy Information Services toll-free at 1-866-660-3705. Since you will need to coordinate the installation of your renewable generator with SCE&G, we appreciate early notification.

What guidelines do I need to follow to meet safety standards?
To ensure your safety and ours, residential and commercial generation sources must be installed and operated according to the manufacturer's specification as well as the electrical codes established by national and local authority.

Will SCE&G purchase excess electricity?
Customers may sell excess electricity generated by their system back to SCE&G under the Small Power Production, Cogeneration rate. To view guidelines customers must meet before qualifying for this tariff, please view the Rider to Rate PR-1.

What if I do not want to sell my power to SCE&G?
Under the Offset Only option, you can use your renewable generation to offset your energy needs. In other words, the energy you produce will lower the amount of electricity purchased from SCE&G, thereby reducing your monthly bill.

What if I want to “bank” any excess generation to lower my bill the following month?
You might want to consider our Offset/Net plan. In this option, a customer who generates enough electricity to exceed their energy needs for the month will be credited for the excess on the next month’s bill.

How do I decide whether to sell my generated electricity or consume it myself?
Customers should carefully evaluate economic and technical factors when making that decision. Study the different rates to determine which best suits your needs.

Since I generate my own electricity, will I still have power in the event of a storm or power outage?
It depends on the size and type of your renewable generation system and the way your system is connected.  Though a typical system would not have power in the event of a power outage, your system can be designed to operate seperately from our system during an outage and provide power to certain loads in your home.

Does SCE&G offer any rebates to homeowners for the installation of renewable generation sources?
Not at this time. However, The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive, user-friendly and free source of information on state, local, utility and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. Access the site to view a list of renewable energy incentives available in any U.S. state you choose.

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