Vermont Solar Rebates and Incentives

Vermont Net Metering

Program Type Net Metering
Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, and other renewables
Amount Credited to bill at retail rate
Required Documentation Certificate of Public Good
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Under Vermont’s net-metering law, as of August 2010, residents and organizations are eligible to net meter renewable-energy generating systems up to 250 kWs. Excess net generation during a month period is credited to the customer’s monthly electric bill at their retail rate on a rolling 12-month basis, not at the end of a year. Under the net-metering law, customers are not otherwise reimbursed for net excess generation.

The law also allows for inclusion via a group metering arrangement. Under such an arrangement, “a group of customers, or a single customer with multiple electric meters,” may chose to operate as a “single billing entity in order to offset that billing against a net metered system.”

To qualify for a net-metering arrangement in the state, applicants must apply for a Certificate of Public Good from the state’s Public Service Board prior to preparing a site for, or building the net-metered system.

If a system owner plans to regularly generate more electricity than needed at a site, he or she may opt to apply for Vermont’s Standard Offer feed-in tariff program, which requires much more paperwork and time. Under the Standard Offer, applicants agree to a 25-year purchasing agreement with a utility for excess produced energy with the utility and perform a project evaluation.

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