|Program Type||Net Metering|
Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics (solar panels), Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal
|Who Can Apply||Commercial, industrial, residential, municipal and government customers of investor owned utilities|
|Required Documentation||For systems larger than 10 kilowatts, proof of general liability insurance. $1 million lability coverage for systems 10 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts. And $2 million lability coverage for systems 100 kilowatts to 2 megawatts.|
|Official Web Sites||http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/2880|
Under Florida’s net-metering law owners of a broad range of renewable energy systems, including solar thermal electric, photovoltaic, wind, biomass, hydroelectric and more can net-meter their systems and get credited for generating more power than they use.
Net metering means utilities credit customers for the difference, or net, between consumption and generation. The excess power generated is fed back into the grid.
During months when a customer’s renewable energy system generates more electricity than the customer uses, the utility credits the customer for the excess energy generated at retail rates. The credits are carried forward for 12 months. If the customer doesn’t use their credits within 12 months, the utility pays the customer for the excess at what’s called the avoided cost rate, which is less than retail rates.
Systems up to 2 megawatts can qualify for net metering. The program is open to all customers of investor owned utilities. Customers of cooperatives or municipal utilities are not covered under the program.
Systems 10 kilowatts and smaller are exempt from liability insurance requirements and application fees. Systems between 10 kilowatts and 100 kilowatts must pay a $400 application fee and have $1 million in liability insurance; larger systems must pay a $1,000 application fee, carry $2 million in liability insurance, and place a $2,000 deposit.