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Installing solar is a big decision. Make sure you have done your research by reviewing the information on the previous tabs of this web page and consulting with a professional contractor.

The Installation Process - What to Expect

  1. Receive Approval from Dominion Energy

    After you receive approval from Dominion Energy, move forward with your installation.

  2. Local Inspection

    After installation, contact your local inspection authority to have the system inspected. Once Dominion Energy receives the release from the local inspection authority, we will update the Certificate of Completion and a utility inspection will be performed.

  3. Utility Inspection

    Our inspection will verify that the system matches the paperwork submitted and meets all Dominion Energy requirements (see requirements on "Consult" tab).

  4. Meters Installed

    Dominion Energy will install your main meter (bi-directional) and generation meter in the meter sockets you provide.

  5. Receive Approval to Energize from Dominion Energy

    After you receive approval from us, you may energize your system.

  6. Turn on your System

If you have any questions, email or call Dominion Energy at 1-866-660-3705.

Questions & Answers

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You can move forward with your solar installation after you receive a signed interconnection agreement and approval letter from Dominion Energy.
It is important that you wait for approval from Dominion Energy to ensure your system plans adhere to system requirements for the interconnection process.
There are many variables that may impact how long it will take to install your solar system; however, timing will be dependent on your contractor’s schedule and availability. Typically speaking, it takes about 3 days to actually install solar panels; however, the overall process may take 3 to 6 months.
The standard meter cannot differentiate between incoming and outgoing energy. Without the bi-directional meter, you could be charged for any energy your solar panels generate that is sent back to Dominion Energy.

The SC Generator Interconnection Procedure (SCGIP), requires Dominion Energy SC to maintain a reserve circuit phase capacity on each circuit for projects ≤ 20 kW. The intent is to prevent larger projects from taking all the capacity and blocking out smaller projects. If you receive this message, your project is on a phase circuit that has reached/exceeded the ≤ 20 kW reserved capacity. This means that ≤ 20 kW interconnection application process can no longer be used and your project will have to follow the ">20 kW SCGIP Fast Track Process", which involves further review by Dominion Energy SC to ensure the system will not affect the safety and reliability on that circuit.

You can resubmit your project for consideration here: Your project will then be reviewed to determine if it can be connected to the Dominion Energy grid. Review the SC Generator Interconnection Procedures.