Certified Solar Installers Request

How does CoServ’s Certified Solar Installation Program benefit me?

CoServ currently offers a $1,000 rebate for qualified purchases made through our Certified Solar Installation Program. The program is designed to help CoServ Members make informed decisions by providing a list of solar installers that CoServ believes will perform quality work in an ethical manner at a fair price.

What is the distributed generation (DG) fee?

Distributed generation (DG) refers to a variety of technologies that generate electricity at or near where it will be used. Solar is the primary form of residential DG on CoServ’s system. Distributed Generation is the term used when electricity is generated on-site, often from renewable energy sources, instead of at large, centralized power plants. In our case, DG is overwhelmingly residential rooftop solar panels.

Factored into CoServ’s electric rate is the recovery of fixed costs, such as distribution capacity, metering, and billing, in addition to the cost of energy. These fixed costs are incurred on behalf of all customers, including those with solar. Since CoServ allows net metering of the full retail electric rate, the DG fee recovers a portion of these fixed costs in a fair and equitable manner.

In other words, maintaining the complex electric distribution system in North Texas costs money, and we have to recover these costs in order to remain a viable business.

What is net metering?

Net metering is a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a utility power grid, and the customer is credited for surplus power transferred to the grid. When your solar panels produce more electricity than your home needs, that energy is sent to the grid in exchange for credits. Then, at night or other times when your solar panels are underproducing, you pull energy from the grid and use these credits to offset the costs of that energy.

Net metering helps you to account for these ups and downs in your day-to-day electricity production and usage.

At this point, you might be wondering, “If my solar system produces more energy than my home uses, will I get a check in the mail for the extra energy?” That would be pretty sweet, but our solar program doesn’t work that way.

At the end of your billing cycle, if there is more energy received by CoServ through your solar panels than delivered by CoServ, you will not receive a payment or a credit for the excess energy. Every month starts from zero and you cannot “bank” excess production from one month and use it in another. Keep this in mind when determining the size of your system before buying, because you don’t want to oversize it.

(Please note that there is no guarantee that CoServ’s net metering policy or current rate structure will remain the same throughout the life of a solar system.)

Bi-Directional Meter

After you have solar panels installed, CoServ will install a bi-directional meter. This meter will register the energy delivered by CoServ and energy received by CoServ at 15-minute intervals.

  • Energy Delivered by CoServ: When your house is using more power than your solar is producing
  • Energy Received by CoServ: When your solar is producing more power than your house is using.  The bi-directional meter does not measure the total solar production of your system.

You will be billed for the Energy Delivered minus the Energy Received (Net Metering) for that billing cycle. IMPORTANT: At the end of the billing cycle, if there is more energy received by CoServ than delivered by CoServ, you will not receive payment for the excess energy. Therefore, it is important not to oversize your system.