Net Metering

Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between Dominion Energy and its customers. The agreement facilitates the connection of renewable energy-generating systems to the power grid.

Our net metering program encourages small-scale renewable energy systems, while ensuring customers always have a reliable source of energy from the grid during times when their renewable generators are not producing energy.

How It Works

When a customer chooses net metering, we replace the meter at the customer's home with a meter that measures two-way flow of electricity. Net metering customers are charged only for the “net” power that they consume from the electricity service provider that has accumulated over a designated period or, if their renewable energy-generating systems make more electricity than is consumed, they may be credited or paid for the excess electricity contributed to the grid over that same period.

Benefits of Net Metering

Customers who have a renewable energy generation on their property and sign up for this program will benefit from:

  • Producing electricity - You are taking an active role in producing emission-free, renewable electricity for your home, and whatever you don’t use goes back onto the grid.
  • Credit for excess generation - When you generate surplus electricity, you will receive credit for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity generated and delivered on the grid.

Eligible Energy Sources

Several types of renewable energy are potentially eligible for net metering:

  • Solar energy (photovoltaic)
  • Wind energy
  • Biomass (landfill gas or methane)
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Waste heat
  • Geothermal energy
  • Or any other renewable generation that meets state guidelines.

Maximum renewable generator sizes:

Virginia Virginia North Carolina
Residential Non-residential All Customer Classes
20 kW 1000 kW 1000 kW

Payment Structure

Starting with the final interconnection agreement, the customer’s 12-month net metering period begins. If the customer's generation exceeds electricity supplied in any month, the customer receives a credit for the excess energy.

The billing period credit is accumulated, carried forward and applied at the first opportunity to any billing periods having positive net consumption.  If a credit is generated, the customer still receives a bill each month with basic monthly charges.

How to Apply for Net Metering

Prior to installation:

Step 1: Complete Sections 1 through 4, of the form, and sign the Notification form at the bottom.

>> Dominion Energy instructional guide for completing the Notification form.

We will send return confirmation that the Notification form was received.

Step 2: Submit the Notification form to Dominion Energy either by scanning and e-mailing to: net.metering@dominionenergy.com

Or, by US mail to:

Dominion Energy Virginia
Net Metering
One James River Plaza, 18th Floor
P.O. Box 26666
Richmond, VA  23261-6666

We will send return confirmation that the Notification form was received.

Step 3: We will review the specifications of the proposed generating system and determine if the system is compatible with the electric distribution grid and the existing electric distribution facilities serving the interconnection point.

When the review is completed, we will return a signed copy of the Notification form along with any additional system protection requirements and/or required upgrades to the existing electric distribution facilities serving the interconnection point to enable completion of the interconnection.

Note: A Net Metering Applicant is solely responsible for compliance with all applicable local zoning requirements, building codes, electrical codes, or any other codes or restrictions governing installation and operation of a generation system. Dominion Energy does not review or approve the system equipment selection, installation method, or installation location. Dominion Energy only reviews the proposed interconnection for compatibility with the electric distribution system, based on UL1741/IEEE1547 standards.

After system installation:

Step 4: Complete Section 5 of the Notification form and resubmit to Dominion Energy . In cases where the applicant or a licensed Virginia Class A or B General Contractor has installed the generation system, a copy of the final electrical inspection signed by the inspection authority may be provided as an alternative to the completion of this section of the Notification form.

Step 5: We will complete the required metering work and return a separate written authorization to energize and operate the system.

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