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If you are a residential or commercial customer who owns or operates an eligible renewable electric generator of up to 2,000 kW that generates electricity for your own use, you may qualify for Net Metering. An eligible renewable electric generator is one that is located on your premises and is powered by solar electric energy (e.g. photovoltaic), wind, dedicated crops grown for electricity generation, anaerobic digestion of livestock or food processing waste, fuel cells or microturbines powered by renewable fuels, or hydroelectric energy.
Net Metering will provide customers credits for the excess generated energy that flows onto the distribution system according to the terms of ComEd's Net Metering tariff, Rider POGNM – Parallel Operation of Retail Customer Generating Facilities with Net Metering.
ComEd has assembled answers to some
Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance for common net metering application inquiries.
If ComEd is not your electric supplier, you must contact your electric supplier to apply. If ComEd is your electric supplier, you can apply using either the online electronic application or the PDF application below.
We strongly recommend completing the application online as ComEd is making an effort to reduce paper use and streamline the application process; however printable, mailable forms are available.
When you have a solar system and are being billed for net metering, you are charged only for the net amount of energy you use during each billing period (i.e., the amount of energy we deliver to you minus the excess amount you send back to the smart grid). And, if you send more energy to the grid than we deliver, you can receive credits on your bill. This program allows you to make full use of your own solar energy system, giving you more control over your energy costs.
Solar energy systems of customers who want to participate in net metering are limited in capacity size so that they generate no more than 110% of the customer's prior 12 months of electricity usage. If the customer does not have a full year's worth of usage, ComEd will use the class average amount for a proxy of usage for similar customers.
Customers who want to install systems that will generate more electricity than they will consume in a single year can sell their energy to ComEd via Rider POG. Rider POG allows customers to earn credits for excess electricity they generate, at a rate equal to the value of the energy produced. These customers can reapply for net metering once their usage has increased to a sufficient level.
Find information on connecting private solar energy systems and net metering.
View Brochure (pdf)