INTERCONNECTION AND NET METERING
Interconnection standards are the legal rules and procedures for connecting a renewable energy system into the utility grid. This includes the technical and contractual terms that both system owners and utilities must follow. The utility interconnection process is governed by the New York Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) for the 5 major investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Most local utilities in NY that are not governed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the SIR offer their own version of interconnection standards and net metering policies. You can find more information at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Net metering, or Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a utility rate structure and billing mechanism that allows consumers with alternative energy systems, such as solar and wind, to transfer electricity they do not use back into the grid in exchange for credits on their utility bills.
What You Need to Know
Your solar contractor is responsible for submitting the paperwork associated with interconnection and net metering. However, it is important to familiarize yourself with net metering in New York as it plays an important role in the economics of your system. As part of the NYSolar Smart program, Sustainable CUNY is working with New York's major utility companies to create resources for the general public and solar industry in order to increase transparency on Net Metering policies and interconnection costs for large solar installations through projects like NYC Grid Ready.