Utility Integration

  • December 2, 2014

Utility Integration Analysis

We understand the nature of utility integration and how it affects your long-term cost savings. Successful projects are dependent on coordination and connection with your local utility. We will determine when meter integrations or panel upgrades may be necessary, protecting you from costly surprises. We ensure maximum performance, a seamless interconnection process, and timely Permission to Operate (PTO). Sunworks will help you reduce your electricity bill using Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA). Excess electricity generated by your solar system is reflected as a utility savings credit, requiring you to pay only for the net amount of energy you consume versus the amount of energy generated. Additional energy meters that you own, even those on adjacent or contiguous properties, can be synchronized with a single solar system.

Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a special billing arrangement that allows you to obtain an annual credit related to your solar system. Using a single utility meter, excess electricity that you generate is sent back to the utility grid. It provides a savings calculated by the difference between the amount of electricity that your system generates versus the amount consumed.

Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA) allows businesses to connect multiple meters on the same, contiguous, or adjacent properties. NEMA is also advantageous for systems that are subject to different utility rates. By offsetting the electricity bill on multiple meters throughout your properties, you can increase your overall return on investment. NEMA offers a cost-effective approach to solar system maintenance by allowing you to include additional meters now and in the future.

Interconnection and Permission to Operate (PTO)

Sunworks will coordinate all the interconnection process for you by efficiently navigating the guidelines, rules, and regulations established by your local utility company. Our interconnection team will expedite the interconnection process and ensure seamless work.

We understand the dynamics of your local electric generating system and how the Point of the Interconnection (POI) will be integrated within the utility grid. We ensure that the interconnection process is coordinated with the utmost precision and in coordination with your local utility provider.

Timely interconnection is critical to the overall success of your solar project. Once a Permission to Operate (PTO) is received, your solar system can begin producing clean energy. After PTO, our interconnection team can assist you in analyzing your utility bill and are available to explain your annual electricity savings.