Recently, one of our clients implemented what is known as “Remote Net Metering”.
The Scenario: The client has two locations. One location has a large roof that is great for solar. The problem is that this location does not use much electricity. It’s a warehouse where the client stores its raw materials.
The second location, the client’s primary location, uses the lion’s share of the electricity. Unfortunately, the second location does not have a large roof, and even if it did, the roof is inappropriate for solar. In addition to being small, the roof had many pitches. With setbacks, the roof couldn’t accommodate a system size sufficient to meet even a small portion their electricity usage at the primary location.
Ordinarily, this would create a conundrum. However, not with Remote Net Metering!
Here’s the “Did You Know” part.
Did you know that the solar energy rules in New York State provide a solution to this problem? As you have probably guessed, the solution is Remote Net Metering.
Under Remote Net Metering, you can generate electricity in one location and get credit for the usage “as if” the solar energy system was housed at a second location. Using our client as an example, the solar energy system was housed at their warehouse. However, the system was built so it could accommodate the electricity needs of both the warehouse and their primary location. The primary location gets credit for the solar energy generated at the warehouse “as if” the system was on its own roof.
Requirements: There are two requirements for Remote Net Metering. First, both locations must have the same electric utility servicing their needs. In this case, the utility was PSE&G (formerly known as LIPA). The other requirement is the account name at both sites must be the same. Assuming these two criteria are met, the problem is solved.
If you would like to learn more about Remote Net Metering, just give us a call. Remote Net Metering gives us a new way to help companies become greener when in the past, this was not possible.