Duke Energy's net metering program allows customers who generate electricity from their own solar panel system to offset their energy costs. Net metering participants receive bill credit from Duke Energy for the excess energy generated by their solar panel system.
Duke Energy's service territory covers regions of Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina. Net metering is offered to all customers throughout the territory.
Rates and prices for Duke Energy net metering vary from state to state.
Duke Energy has three tiers of generating facilities for net metering contracts:
Most residential customers fall under the Tier 1 Generating Facilities category. Duke Energy Florida's current rate for Residential Service is approximately 13 cents.
In Indiana, Duke Energy has three levels of generating facilities for net metering contracts:
Most residential customers in Indiana will install Level 1 systems. Duke Energy Indiana's current rate for Residential and Farm Electric Service is approximately 11 cents/kWh, and also requires a connection charge of $9.40/month. As a result, Duke Energy Indiana net metering credits are valued at roughly 11 cents/kWh.
Duke Energy Kentucky has two tiers for net metering systems:
Most residential solar panel systems are Level 1, for which the current rate is approximately 8.6 cents/kWh.
In North Carolina, solar PV systems fall into one of two categories:
Customers with residential solar panel systems typically have an electricity rate of approximately 10.6 to 11 cents/kWh.
Duke Energy has three levels of generating facilities for net metering contracts. Level 1 inverter based projects up to 25kW. Levels 2 and 3 are non-inverter projects greater than 25kW. Most residential customers have Level 1 systems. Net metering credits are determined at Rider RE, Retail Energy rate which recovers costs related to supplying energy. This rate is higher than the standard residential rate at 5.221 cents/kWh.
In South Carolina, solar PV systems fall into one of two categories:
Net metering credits are allocated monthly at a rate of 10 to 11 cents/kWh. Unused credits are paid out annually in March at a rate of 4.83 cents/kWh.
|State||System size||Approximate electricity rate|
|Florida||≤ 10kW||13 cents/kWh|
|Indiana||≤ 10kW||11 cents/kWh|
|Kentucky||≤ 30kW||8.6 cents/kWh|
|North Carolina||< 20kW||10.6 - 11 cents/kWh|
|Ohio||≤ 25kW||11.3 cents/kWh|
|South Carolina||< 20kW||11 cents/kWh|
Net metering caps are set by individual states. As a result, Duke Energy’s net metering cap varies depending on the state in which it is operating.
|State||Cap %||Cap (MW)|
|Indiana||1% of peak summer load||64 MW (2016)|
|Kentucky||1% of single-hour peak load||9 MW (2016)|
|South Carolina||2% of retail peak demand
(averaged over previous 5 years)
Your excess net metering bill credits from Duke Energy will be treated differently depending on where you live.
Any excess energy generation at the end of the billing month is credited to the customer's energy consumption for the next billing cycle. At the end of each calendar year, Duke Energy credits the customer for any unused net metering credits at an annual rate based on the COG-1 tariff.
The current rate for COG-1 is 6.310 cents/kWh meaning that the customer receives 6.310 cents for each credit not used to offset energy usage during the calendar year. While net metering credits are used to offset energy consumption charges, the customer is still responsible to pay monthly charges not associated directly with energy consumption such as customer charges (currently $8.76/month).
When a solar panel system generates more energy than supplied by Duke Energy, the customer is credited the excess kWh in the next billing cycle. These credits never expire, but if the customer discontinues net metering, all excess credits are granted to Duke Energy. The customer is separately responsible for paying the monthly connection charge ($9.40).
When a solar panel system generates more energy than supplied by Duke Energy, the customer is credited the excess kWh in the next billing cycle. These credits do not expire, but if the customer discontinues net metering, all excess credits are granted to Duke Energy. The customer is still responsible for paying the monthly customer charge of $4.50.
When a customer's solar panel system generates more energy than supplied by Duke Energy, the customer is credited the excess kWh during next month's billing period. Any accrued credits will be reset to zero at the end of the fiscal year and cannot be used to offset Basic Facilities Charges or Demand Charges. Customers are separately responsible for the monthly $11.80 Basic Facilities Charge.
When a customer's solar panel system generates more energy than they use in a month, the customer receives net metering credits, which are accrued over a 12 month period. Customers can request a refund in writing from the utility which will be valued at the Rider RE rate of 5.221 cents/kWh.
In South Carolina, excess energy credits not used to offset electricity needs in the current month can be carried forward to the next billing month. Any credits remaining at the March billing period are paid out to the customer at a rate of 4.83 cents/kWh, at which point net metering credits are reset to zero.
Duke Energy offers rebates to North Carolina customers who want to install a solar panel system. For homeowners, the program offers a $0.60/Watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. The benefit is equivalent to $3,600 for a 6 kilowatt (kW) system. Nonresidential customers also have access to rebates of $0.50/Watt to $0.75/Watt. In some states, Duke Energy also offers programs that enable its customers to support renewable energy in other ways:
Interconnection is the process of physically connecting a generating facility (renewable energy source) to Duke Energy’s electric power system. Each state within Duke Energy’s territory requires an application to connect. The application fees and requirements vary by state.
For interconnection for customers with Tier 1 solar panel systems (generating 10 kW or less), there is no application fee, disconnect switch or insurance requirement associated with this system size. Duke Energy will replace the customer's current meter with a bidirectional meter that is capable of recording any excess energy generation for the purpose of calculating net metering credits. Tier 2 and Tier 3 Generating Facilities have application fees of $240 and $750, respectively, and require insurance of $1 million and $2 million.
|System Type||System size||Application Fee||Insurance Requirement|
|Tier 1||> 10 kW||None||None|
|Tier 2||10-100 kW||$240||$1 million|
|Tier 3||100-2,000 kW||$750||$2 million|
For interconnection for customers with Level 1 solar panel systems (up to 10kW in size) there is no application fee. For Level 2 and Level 3 applications there are $50 and $100 application fees respectively plus a $1/kW and $2/kW. Most residential solar panel systems are Level 1. In addition to the Level 1 application, customers must also include an electrical one-line diagram, equipment specifications, and a disconnect switch. After installation of the system there may be an inspection. The deadline to submit the final Interconnection Request is October 1 to ensure the system is connected before the end of the year.
|System Type||System size||Application Fee|
|Level 1||> 10 kW||None|
|Level 2||10-100 kW||$50, plus $1.00/kW|
|Level 3||100-2,000 kW||$100, plus $2.00/kW|
The interconnection process varies based on project size. Most residential customers will have a system that is sized at 20 kW or less, in which case customers must first submit a Pre-Application request with a nonrefundable $300 fee. The customer must then complete the online Interconnection Request signed by the customer requesting interconnection along with a $100 nonrefundable processing fee which includes an electrical one-line diagram and insurance certification
The state of North Carolina also requires customers to file a Report of Proposed Construction with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and provide the Report's docket number to Duke Energy. After these documents are submitted, Duke Energy will grant approval to install the solar panel system at which time a disconnect switch will be installed.
After the system is installed and inspected, the customer must submit a Certification of Completion form at which time Duke Energy gives the customer permission to operate contingent that the Duke meter is set.
Most residential customers have solar panel systems less than 25 kW and fall under the interconnection process for Level 1. To start, a customer must submit a Pre-Application Report request with a nonrefundable $300 fee. The customer must then complete the Duke Energy Ohio Short Form Application for Interconnection and pay a $50 application fee. The Application must also include an electrical one-line diagram, insurance certification, and equipment certification. Duke Energy also requires the installation of a disconnect switch.
After solar panel system installation, an inspection may be required. Once the inspection is complete, the customer will receive a confirmation letter from Duke Energy indicating that the solar panel system is complete.
For residential customers, the interconnection process is for projects less than or equal to 20kW. Customers must first submit a Pre-Application request with a nonrefundable $500 fee. The customer must then complete the online Interconnection Request, including both an electrical one-line diagram and insurance certification, along with a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. Duke Energy will then grant contingent approval to install the solar panel system along with the required disconnection switch.
Once installed, a copy of the inspection and the Certification of Completion form must be sent to Duke Energy in order for the customer to receive permission to operate the system once the meter has been set. Duke Energy must receive a complete interconnection request by October 1 to ensure the project is complete by December 31 of the current year.
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