Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, also known as solar panels, solar energy or solar power systems, convert sunlight into electricity. You can use this electricity to power your home, business or any other building.
Distributed generation refers to electricity-generating equipment located at your home, owned and operated by you, the Member. Plugging your solar system into Carroll EMC’s grid ensures your electricity needs are always met. We suggest you contact Carroll EMC for assistance and to learn more about our Distributed Generation Interconnection Policy. For example, ask about the interconnection requirements or agreements needed to ensure a safe and reliable connection to the grid.
Is Solar Power Right for You?
Before choosing solar for your home, consider the following questions:
- Does my home have clear and unobstructed access to sunlight for most, or all, of the day, throughout the year?
- Do I have a large enough roof or area to accommodate the system I need?
- Does my community or homeowners’ association have any covenants in place that prohibit solar panels?
Solar Panel Regulations
Georgia’s legislature passed HB 57, the 2015 solar financing compromise, on May 13, 2015. This bill outlines expectations that utilities and private solar providers compete fairly for rooftop solar business. To read the full text of the bill, click here.
Carroll EMC has received 9,751,785 kWh of energy from this facility in 2017. This is part of our overall generation mix so every member receives energy and benefits from this facility. Learn more about Hazlehurst here.
Carroll EMC allows Members to connect their own electric power generation in parallel with Carroll EMC’s system. This includes (but is not limited to) solar, wind, fuel cell, and hydro generators. Carroll EMC will furnish, install, own and maintain a meter that will measure the Cooperative’s supplied usage in addition to the Member’s generated usage to Carroll EMC.
Steps to Sign Up for Net Metering
1. Submit a completed Distributed Generation Interconnection Application along with a $100 application fee 45 days prior to service connection
2. A representative from Carroll EMC will review the Application and notify the Member of approval within 30 days
3. Submit a completed Distributed Generation Interconnection Agreement, verification that the generator and disconnection switch is installed, copy of local permit and any applicable fees
4. Carroll EMC will install meter
5. Carroll EMC will connect Member’s generator in parallel to system