Frequently Asked Questions regarding solar interconnections.

1. Does the cooperative install solar panels?
 No. The member must contact a solar installer if interested in installing a solar interconnection. It is mindful to get multiple quotes from solar installers to make sure you are making the right solar decision.

2. Are there any fees associated with interconnecting with the cooperative?
 Yes. There is a $700 non-refundable application fee that must accompany the application.

3. Are there safety precautions required by Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative?
 Yes. Each member MUST have Personal Liability included on their homeowners insurance policy in  the amount of $1 million dollars with Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. listed as Additional Interest. Also, a physical pad-lockable disconnect is mandatory as close to the meter as possible.

4. How many accounts can I include in virtual metering?
 The Cooperative's service territory, whether the aggregation is completed through physical or virtual meter aggregation, is within two line miles of the point of interconnection of the members Alternative Energy System equipment point of interconnection.

5. How big of a system can I build?
 The maximum size system cannot exceed 110% of the previous yearly kwh use and can be no greater than 25 kilowatts (kW) for residential and up to 300 kilowatts (kW) for all other rate classes.

6. If I generate more kilowatts than I consume, will my electric bill be $0?
 No. Members are still responsible for paying the basic service charge, minimum transformer up charge (if applicable) and any yard light fees associated with their electric account. If you generate more than you consume monthly, you can bank excess generation and apply it towards your next electric bill. The calendar year runs April - March. If the member accumulates more kwh than needed, they will be compensated for their generation.

7. If I'm interested in having a solar panels installed, who do I contact?
 Somerset REC does not endorse solar installers, but can offer feedback and contact information of solar installers members have used for their systems. It is encouraged to get a quote from more than one solar installer to compare prices. Once you find a solar installer, please notify the cooperative of your upcoming solar installation.

8. Do I need an inspection?
 Yes. After the solar construction is complete, it must be inspected prior to interconnecting.

If you have additional questions regarding a new solar installation, please contact:

Phil Stern, Manager of Metering

Emily Baer, Director of Marketing and Member Services