Providing members with reliable service
and self-generation capabilities
WRVEC prides itself on offering members affordable rates. We continue to do so through net metering – a service that enables customers to use their own generation from on-site renewable energy systems to offset a portion of their electric energy consumption. When members generate electricity in excess of their demand, the energy runs back through the meter and is recorded and credited against the customer’s monthly electricity purchases. Member generation of solar power is most-common, but net metering can also be accomplished with alternative energy sources.
Members must apply for a net meter and complete WRVEC’s pre- and post-construction system requirements, outlined in the Interconnection Agreement. Once approved, WRVEC will visit the member’s property to install the net meter. Note, our approval process may take up to 90 days for approval.
The following graphic illustrates how WRVEC members stay connected to the grid while utilizing a solar power generation system.
Solar panels are the most noticeable component of a solar energy system. The solar panels are installed outside the home, typically on the roof and convert sunlight into electricity - in the form of direct current, DC, power. Also known as Photovoltaic, PV, Panels.
DC energy flows to the inverter, which transforms it into alternating current, AC, power and synchronizes it with the grid power. AC power is used by the majority of all home appliances. The solar panels can be disconnected for maintenance via the array DC disconnect, located on the inverter.
The power meter measures the amount of power used and exported by the consumer after the energy is transformed.
This is another switch used to disconnect the solar energy system from the home for maintenance.
The power is piped into the main breaker panel (not pictured, but typically located inside the home) which distributes the electricity throughout the house.
Power lines distribute electricity to your home. Excess electricity is sent back to the grid through the power lines when the system produces more electricity than you use.
The extra electricity is purchased by WRVEC's power supplier and is used to power the homes of other members.
That excess energy purchased is reflected as a credit on your billing statement.
Battery Pack (optional)
Solar energy systems produce electricity during the daytime, when the sun is shining. However, your home demands electricity at night and on cloudy days. Batteries can be added to the system to offset this mismatch, but batteries are not a required part of a solar energy system.
Charge Controller (optional)
Batteries can be overcharged if fed continuous voltage. The charge controller regulates the voltage, preventing overcharging and allowing charging when required. The equipment is only needed if a battery pack is installed. Also known as a charge regulator.
Your system will not collect sunlight at night and on cloudy days. Battery-backed systems use on-site storage to store excess energy to use during these times. However, this option will add significant cost and maintenance to your system. Most people opt for grid-connected systems for 24/7 energy access, reduced cost, maintenance, and high reliability – provided by WRVEC.
In addition to applying for service through WRVEC, members who purchase a property with an existing generation system must apply for a system transfer.
Members are billed for the “net” amount of power used in excess of the power generated. If a member generates more power than what is used in a given billing period, WRVEC provides a credit for the surplus power. The credit is based on the cost a member would have incurred in purchasing the fuel to generate an equal number of kilowatt-hours.
We’ve supplied a few steps to ensure that our members make the right choice when it comes to installing a form of power generation, like solar.