If you’re thinking about installing renewable energy at your home, like solar panels on your roof or a wind turbine on your property, please review information on eligibility, installation considerations, and application instructions for renewable energy at your home or business here. The application process is in place to ensure your system meets safety and reliability standards to keep your family, our crews, and all DP&L customers safe.
What is net metering?
Net metering is the difference between how much energy DP&L delivers to you and how much energy we receive from you. The difference is measured by a net meter installed by DP&L after your renewable energy system is connected to the grid and your interconnection is approved. The interconnection process is necessary to ensure your system is operating in parallel with DP&L’s delivery system.
NOTE: Unless you have batteries or other energy storage technology, the energy cannot be stored. Excess energy is pushed back onto the DP&L grid.
How does net metering affect my bill?
If you produce your own energy (also known as distributed generation), there may be times when you produce more energy than you need. The energy that you do not use goes back onto the grid to be used by others. The DP&L net meter measures not only how much energy we deliver to your home, but also how much energy you put back on the grid.
Will my bill detail how much energy I produce?
DP&L measures how much energy is delivered to customers and how much energy is received from customers through the meter. DP&L does not measure how much energy your renewable system produces, or how much energy you consume from your system.
Additional usage details will be available on your bill, including Actual, Received and Net usage. Learn more.
How is my bill calculated?
Your bill is calculated based on the Net usage as detailed on your bill. Customers with an alternate generation provider should contact their supplier about billing on net usage for the supplier-provided generation charges. Billing on net usage applies to the DP&L charges only.
Will installing a renewable energy system lower my electric bill?
The amount of energy you use is not likely to change based on the installation of a renewable energy system. Depending on your energy needs, your DP&L bill could decrease if less energy is delivered by DP&L. If you purchase electricity from a CRES provider, billing on net metering applies only to the portion of your bill allocated to delivery charges. Contact your provider to request a credit for the supply charges.
How much does a net meter cost to install?
DP&L does not install renewable energy at your home. Customers are responsible for the cost to install solar panels or other renewable energy systems. DP&L charges a $95 one-time fee to exchange the existing utility meter with a net meter. Additionally, there is an application fee to review your application to ensure your interconnection meets DP&L's safety and reliability standards. The average total cost for DP&L-related charges for a residential customer is $130.
This policy video from the Edison Electric Institute explains net metering and the associated costs for customers and utilities. If you have additional questions, please email email@example.com.