Renewable Energy and Net Metering
Electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as solar, geothermal, wind, and various forms of biomass, help to reduce CO2 emissions as well as help lower demand on EREC’s power distribution system. These energy sources are considered renewable energy because their fuel sources are continuously replenished.
EREC supports the use of member-owned renewable generation for facilities of 25 kW or less. EREC members wishing to interconnect “member-owned renewable generation” to EREC’s electric distribution system are required to complete a Standard Interconnection Agreement and are subject to EREC’s Net Metering Rider. Upon facility approval, EREC will install a digital net meter to record kWh usage and generation.
For more information, please call us at (850) 675-4521.
Solar Done The Right Way!
Three key principles that EREC tries to balance when considering solar power expansion are:
- Our top priority is keeping you, our linemen, and first responders safe
- For consumer-owned solar, safety issues include reverse power flow, which could electrocute linemen and fire fighters
- We are committed to always delivering the lowest energy costs possible
- The cost of solar continues to decrease and we constantly monitor the cost and look for opportunities to incorporate solar into the co-op’s energy mix
- The reasons for the drop in price include: falling production costs as the market expands, the lower cost of materials, manufacturing efficiency, and innovative technological advancements
- Large-scale solar generators managed by professionals are generally more efficient and have a lower cost per killowatt-hour of electricity. Large-scale solar often includes trackers that allow the panels to follow the sun, and actually reduce the need for some peaking power in the late afternoon and evenings in the summer
- Until solar energy can be stored economically, there will be a need for traditional generation to provide backup power for solar generation
EREC Solar Demonstration
Due to members’ growing interest in renewable energy sources – particularly solar — EREC has completed construction of an on-site solar demonstration project. The solar array is for informational purposes designed to demonstrate objective and actual data for a typical, residentially-sized solar installation.
The 40-panel, roof-mount solar array at EREC’s headquarters in Jay, Florida, has a generating capacity of 10.6 kW (at the installed cost of approximately $35,000) and an estimated annual output of 14,600 kWh. This solar installation is sized to demonstrate the output needed to run the average member’s home – minus climate control during seasonal peaks.
“We chose to do the solar demonstration project because we want to be an information source for our members,” said EREC General Manager and CEO Clay Campbell. “We’re not opposed to renewables such as solar, but we want our members to be able to make informed decisions based on actual facts in regard to the cost and benefits of solar installation.”
The solar demonstration project is owned and operated by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, the generation and transmission facility for EREC. Members are invited to call EREC to schedule a visit to view the solar demonstration to get actual operational data to make an informed decision if they are considering solar panel installation on their property.
What Incentives are available?
Federal: 30% of cost, with no upper limit. Expires December 31, 2016. Available to existing principal homes & new construction. Second homes qualify for partial credit. Rentals do not qualify.
Other Helpful Websites
U.S. Department of Energy / The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy www.energysavers.gov