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Net Metering is a special metering and billing agreement between Dominion Energy and participating customers. Residential and Business customers who choose to participate in Net Metering agree to have a renewable energy source on their property that connects to the Dominion Energy power grid.

Net Metering encourages Dominion Energy customers to consider a small-scale renewable energy system, while ensuring they still always have a reliable source of energy from the grid even during times when their own generator isn’t producing energy.
How Net Metering Works

Net Metering allows customers to interconnect approved renewable generation systems (such as solar, wind, and geothermal) to the electric grid and provide electricity to their own residence or business facility.

That electricity offsets the electricity that would have otherwise been delivered by Dominion Energy. And when you generate more energy than your residence or facility needs, you’ll receive credit from Dominion for the electricity your generator produces and delivers onto the grid.

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
  • any other renewable generation that meets state guidelines

Before Installation:

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*In order to use full functionality of the form and sign it electronically, please download the PDF and open it in Adobe Acrobat.

Complete Sections 1 through 4 of the Notification form at the bottom.

Dominion Energy instructional guide for completing the Notification form. 

NOTE: Submit the Notification form, along with Proof of Insurance (PDF or Electronically) at generation facility, to Dominion Energy either by scanning and sending via email, or send by US mail to:

Dominion Energy Virginia
Net Metering
600 Canal Place, 11th Floor
P.O. Box 26666
Richmond, VA 23261

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

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 of specifications and proof of liability insurance 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 Installation:

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. See the Net Metering FAQs for additional information.

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

General Information

Net Metering rules in Virginia are administered by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and published in the Virginia Administrative Code under 20VAC5-315.
The Virginia Administrative Code Section 56-576 defines renewable energy as “… energy derived from sunlight, wind, falling water, biomass, sustainable or otherwise, (the definitions of which shall be liberally construed), energy from waste, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power, and does not include energy derived from coal, oil, natural gas, or nuclear power…”

Batteries may be included as part of a renewable generation system, but do not qualify as a renewable generation source by themselves.
The Third Party PPA (Renewable Energy) Pilot Program is administered by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. View details about the program or visit the Commission’s web site.
Dominion Energy does not sell or install renewable generation systems. Interested customers should contact a qualified electrical contractor or renewable energy contractor. These contractors can provide the necessary structural engineering analysis, equipment specifications, installation costs, and energy production estimates.

Customers should keep in mind that they are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable zoning requirements, building codes, electrical codes, and any other codes or restrictions applicable to the installation, operation and maintenance of a renewable generation system including, but not limited to any real property restrictions affecting the use of the property on which the generation system is located.

Dominion Energy does not review or approve the suitability of the generation system’s capacity, equipment specifications, installation method, or installation location.
Yes. There are a number of entities that will buy your power output. If you want to sell your power, you can explore the options available to you. The options include, but are not limited to, selling power into the PJM Market and selling it to Dominion Energy. However, selling power requires additional metering and interconnection equipment, which is an additional cost you will want to consider.
We will continue to Net Meter and transfer the Net Meter to the next owner. Until Dominion Energy is advised that the system has been removed, the premise is considered a Net Metering premise.
You can cancel at any time by calling 866-366-4357. This will require disconnecting the renewable generation and removing the interconnection from Dominion Energy’s system.

Application Requirements

Often there are no charges for interconnection of small residential systems. Interconnection charges for larger systems can vary substantially depending on the amount of equipment and construction work necessary to complete the interconnection. Dominion Energy will review the existing service capacity to the premise to determine if existing facilities are adequate to support the proposed generation load, and if additional protective equipment is required.

Net metering Terms & Conditions XXV.B.1.b requires a certificate of insurance or other proof of insurance be included with company notification.

Liability insurance requirements per generator size:
10 kW and under – at least $100,000
Over 10 kW – at least $300,000

System Requirements

An interconnected generation system will operate in parallel with the utility system and must have “grid tie” capability. The system and associated inverters must be certified by a national testing laboratory, conforming to UL1741/IEEE 1547 specifications for grid tied systems.

Any residential, commercial, or governmental customer who is served on a standard rate schedule—or a demand-based time-of-use rate schedule which allows a parallel generator interconnection—may participate in Net Metering. Jurisdictional Customers served on the rate schedules below are eligible to net meter. Please consult Dominion Energy for other rates that may qualify.

Net Metering is intended to allow a customer to offset a portion or all of the electrical energy requirements of their home or business. The system must be sized so that it does not reasonably produce more energy than 150% of the expected annual electrical consumption.
A net metering interconnection request can still be submitted for the new location as long as a Dominion Energy Work Request number has been established. In this case, the Work Request Number should be used in lieu of the account number on the interconnection request form.

Maximum renewable generator sizes (AC capacity):

  • Virginia Residential - 25 kW
  • Virginia Non-residential - 3000 kW

These system sizes are based on the maximum expected AC output of the system after all losses have been applied including panel orientation, shading, and inverter losses.

Billing

The energy you produce and consume offsets the energy you would normally purchase from Dominion Energy and can be valued at the amount you would pay for your next kilowatt-hour. The value will vary with individual usage patterns and you should refer to your previous electric bills to determine the appropriate value. Any excess energy returned to the grid is recorded as a credit and used to offset future electric energy delivered to the home or business.
You will receive a bill that is similar to your normal electric bill. However, you can expect that your bill amount will be lower than usual, since all or part of your electricity needs will be provided by your own renewable energy generation system and not provided or billed by Dominion Energy. If you generate more electricity than is needed for your home or business in a given month, the amount will be used to offset future electricity you would receive from Dominion Energy.
Your electric bill does not show all of the energy your system produced. The energy you produce that is consumed by your home does not pass through the Dominion Energy meter.

The net meter measures electricity that is delivered from Dominion Energy to you, and any electricity that is produced by you and returned to the electric grid.
The standby charge only applies to Net Metering customers served on Virginia Residential Schedule 1 with a generation system size in excess of 15 kW AC.

Residential customers served under Virginia Schedule 1 normally pay for electric system capacity (or electric system demand) through their kilowatt hour rate. This is different from other rate schedules that have a separate demand charge component in the rate.

The standby charge is based on the customer’s generation system size and the customer’s net energy consumption. The standby charge consists of a distribution standby charge, an electricity supply service (transmission) standby charge, and a Rider T1 standby charge. Refer to Virginia Residential Schedule 1 for more details.

Metering

The renewable generation system is interconnected at a point on the customer’s side of the Dominion Energy metering equipment. The system may not be interconnected anywhere within the metering equipment cabinet (typically a meter base or current transformer compartment) without prior approval from Dominion Energy.

Once Contingent Approval is granted, a bi-directional meter will be installed at your home/business.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is an agreement for Dominion Energy to purchase any net excess energy production that remains at the end of each 12 month net metering period.

If you have a smaller renewable generator, and you expect to use most if not all of the renewable energy you generate throughout the year, a Power Purchase Agreement is not necessary. If you have a large generator with consistent excess renewable energy, you may want to consider a Power Purchase Agreement. Refer to Section F of the Net Metering Terms and Conditions for additional information about a Power Purchase Agreement with Dominion Energy.
The amount is based on the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy you exported and the PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (PJM) DOMZONE day-ahead annual simple average locational marginal price (LMP) as published by the PJM Market Monitoring Unit for the most recent calendar year. The price changes annually. Here are the historical values.
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