Remote Net Metering is a utility company program that allows potential solar photovoltaic system owners to install a solar power system at one location and use the excess solar power generated from the system to credit the electrical consumption at another site. Virtual Net Metering is another term used to describe Remote Net Metering.
It’s important to note that because Remote Net Metering is a utility side program, which means the solar power system is designed, installed and monitored around your local utility company’s guidelines for Remote Net Metering, the utility company sets the parameters for system qualification.
Below are the basic steps for qualifying a site for Remote Net Metering. Check with your utility company to make sure the system meets their guidelines.
Identify a host site with an electrical usage far less than the site’s available space for a solar system which is also highly desirable for solar integration. This usually means a combination of good to excellent sun exposure with little or no shading, a new roof or one that is expected to last 20 or more years.
Identify a satellite site or sites that have high kWh usage and little or no availability for solar integration. This could be due to severe shading issues, poor roof condition or simply a lack of available space for the system compared to the usage.
Carefully design system size to cover 100% of the electrical usage at the host site and up to 100% of the usage at the satellite site/sites.
Ensure that the utility meter ownership at the host site as well as the satellite site/sites is exactly the same.
Ensure that both the host and the satellite sites are within the utility company’s same customer zone.
It’s important to note that any potential satellite site cannot have a separate solar power system installed at that location.