Solar Power FAQ

 What is Net Metering?

Net Metering is a program that allows customers to interconnect approved Renewable Generation Systems (RGS) to the electric grid and provide electricity to their residence or facility, thus avoiding purchasing that energy from their electric utility company. Members who have an interconnection agreement with PRECO will continue to pay the cooperative for any energy delivered to them. PRECO will pay the member for any excess energy we receive according to the applicable rate schedule.

Does the Interconnection Agreement require me to maintain any level of insurance?

The answer depends on the size of the system. For systems up to 10 kw, PRECO recommends that members maintain a sufficient level Liability Insurance. Systems which exceed 10 kw are required to maintain a high level of such insurance. Please refer to the Interconnection Agreement form for more information.

What will PRECO have to do at my residence?

Once your system is approved and installed, a PRECO representative will go to your location to perform a visual inspection and install a specialized meter in the place of our existing utility meter. This will help us track the production of your system as it relates to our grid and credit you effectively for how much excess energy your system produces every month. Your current meter may not have this capability and could result in higher monthly bills.

How does the interconnection process work?

Interconnection with PRECO’s electric distribution grid is a simple 1-2-3 process:

  1. Complete the forms found on our Getting Started webpage (click here).
  2. Submit all required documents along with any applicable fees
  3. Upon approval of your application and installation of your system, PRECO will go to your location to perform an onsite inspection and install your new specialized meter.

Occasionally, PRECO may be required to perform routine inspections or audits to ensure your system is performing as recorded and inspect for any additions or changes that may have been made.

Are there any incentives out there to help assist with the initial investment?

Yes, currently there are incentives for those systems that apply at both the federal and state levels. Click here to go to the Dept. of Energy’s website for information on incentives.

I’m ready to begin the process of installing a Solar System

Go to PRECO’s Solar Forms and Application web page