Net Metering

Net energy metering allows investor-owned utilities to give homeowners credit for excess power produced by their solar electric systems. That means your local utility gives you credit for every kilowatt-hour of solar power not consumed by your home and returned to the utility's grid, thereby reducing your electricity bill. Please consult your utility company for specific information.

SCE&G Net Energy Metering
Duke Energy Carolinas Net Metering
Duke Energy Progress Net Metering

Santee Cooper does not offer one-to-one net metering. They do credit customer-generated energy that is consumed by the customer at the full retail rate. View Santee Cooper’s Solar Home & Solar Share Home Program Manual for more information.

Note: Many utilities offer net metering, and most utilities impose additional fees related to the installation of solar systems. Talk to your utility to ensure that you understand all fees and requirements associated with the installation of solar panels. Failure to take fees into account could significantly affect your financial return on investment. In addition, be sure you understand your utility’s net metering policies. The major investor-owned utilities (SCE&G, Duke Energy Carolinas, and Duke Energy Progress) have net metering rules approved by the Public Service Commission that will be in effect until 2025, if you are on the net metering tariff prior to January 1, 2021. After that date, net metering and fees imposed by the investor-owned utilities could change significantly. Utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities may change their rules at any time.

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