At Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, we’re proud to offer our members a net metering program. Our net metering program is simple. Any renewable energy system that is less than 10 kW (dc nameplate rating) is eligible. Each month, we’ll measure how much energy your system sends us (puts back onto the grid) and how much energy we send you. We then subtract those number and get your NET energy use for the month. We will bill you for that net amount.
Our net metering program will continue until the total output amount from net metering systems reaches 5% of our system peak. We expect that to happen by the end of 2020.
The following steps will guide you through the approval process for a net metering system.
Contact us at 800-824-5102 or email@example.com to let us know you’re interested in a system.
Meet with a renewable energy installer. You may want to get more than one proposal for your system. Make sure you understand the payment terms and total cost of your system. As a member of Eastern Illini, you must own your solar system. PPAs (Purchase Power Agreements) or leases where payments are tied to kWh production are prohibited due to state law and cooperative bylaws. Some installers are turnkey, and others may use separate SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credit) vendors and/or electrical contractors to handle parts of your installation. Please make sure you understand what you are signing!
Your installed should provide us with an Interconnection Request, which consists of:
One-line diagram of your system (basic one-line sample)
A copy of your sales contract
Site plan for proposed system
Specification sheets for both your panels and inverter
Proof of $1 million dollar insurance coverage (insurance sample)
$500 application fee (non-refundable)
Once we receive all of the information from Step 3, we will check it for accuracy. Once the Interconnection Request is approved for accuracy, your system will be placed in our Queue. It will then undergo an engineering study to determine its impact on our system.
If the system passes our basic engineering study, we'll let you and your installer know that the system is approved for construction. If it doesn't, we'll let you know about potential fixes or the need for additional studies (both of which would be at your expense). If additional studies or system upgrades are required, your system will be approved for construction once those are completed.
Once installed, but before the system is actually turned on and energized, please let us know so we can schedule a final inspection.
We’ll inspect your system and install some special metering equipment. We will also have you sign our interconnection agreement. Your installer can then fully energize the system.