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Offset Your Bill With Renewable Energy

If you own qualifying generation, such as solar or wind that is installed at your residence or business, you may use the energy output at your site to offset your electric bill. At any time your system produces more energy than required to power your home or building, the excess energy may be applied as a credit to future bills. This process is known as net-metering. 

All generators that intend to net meter are fully responsible for adhering to all utility requirements, applicable federal rules and regulations, state and local ordinances and regulations adopted by the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the South Carolina Public Service Commission (the governing bodies of regulated utilities in the Carolinas). This website does not establish a legal or binding arrangement; it intended solely to provide access to general information about potential options that may be available through Duke Energy Progress. Generators are responsible for consulting with appropriate legal and energy professionals in determining if generation ownership is the right choice and for assistance in navigating applicable requirements and procedures. 

Select a state below to learn more about the condition and processes.

Options at a Glance

What you need to know:

Eligibility for Net Metering: 

The Rider NM is available in conjunction with Duke Energy Progress’s residential and general service schedules to a customer under the following conditions:

  • The customer operates a solar electric; wind-powered; biomass-fueled, including agricultural waste, animal waste, wood waste, spent pulping liquors, combustible residues, combustible liquids, combustible gases, energy crops or landfill methane; waste heat derived from a renewable energy resource that produces electricity at the customer’s site; or hydro-powered generating system located and used at the customer’s primary, legal residence or business where a part or all of the electrical requirements of the customer can be supplied from Customer’s generating system.
  • The rated capacity of the generating system shall not exceed the lesser of the customer’s estimated maximum annual kilowatt demand or 1,000 kilowatts.
  • The generating system that is connected in parallel operation with service from the company and located on the customer’s premises must be manufactured, installed and operated in accordance with governmental and industry standards and must fully conform with Company’s “North Carolina Interconnection Procedures, Forms and Agreements for State-Jurisdictional Generation Interconnections.”
  • Standby Service provisions shall not be required when service is used in conjunction with this Rider for residential applicants, regardless of generation capacity, and general service applicants with generation capacities of 100 kW or less.
  • The customer may not simultaneously receive service under this Rider NM and the company’s Cogeneration and Small Power Production Schedule or participate as a generation resource in NC GreenPower.

If the customer receives electric service under a schedule other than a time-of-use schedule with demand rates, any renewable energy credit or “green tags” shall be provided by the customer at no cost to Duke Energy Progress. If service is received under a time-of-use schedule with demand rates, all renewable energy credits or “green tags” shall be retained solely by the customer.

Eligible for the net-metering tariff and want to get started? 

  • Here’s a toolkit for the most frequent installation – a residential system with capacity up to 10 kW. You might also be interested in our SunSense solar incentives for residential solar systems.
  • All others, we recommend submitting a Report of Proposed Construction to the NCUC and concurrently submitting an Interconnection Request to Duke Energy Progress.  Refer to the Interconnection Standards for guidelines and access to an Interconnection Request form. Upon receipt, a Duke Energy Progress representative will contact you to discuss prerequisites and procedures.