CHELCO - Net Metering

February 03, 2009


Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO), serving mainly Walton and Okaloosa counties in northwest Florida, offers net metering to residential and commercial customers with photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. Net metering is accomplished using a single, bidirectional meter, or by a second meter purchased by the customer. Net excess generation (NEG) is carried forward indefinitely to the customer's following monthly bill as a kilowatt-hour (kWh) credit. Any unused credit will be granted to the utility in the event that the customer discontinues service under the net metering tariff. There is no limit on overall enrollment in CHELCO's net metering program. Customers are required to have a general liability insurance policy for personal and property damage in the amount of at least $100,000. (A standard homeowner’s policy typically meets this requirement.) PV systems and inverters must meet relevant UL and IEEE standards. Systems must be installed in compliance with relevant IEEE standards and the National Electric Code.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Applicable Utilities: 10 kW
System Capacity Limit: No limit
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Carried forward indefinitely as a kWh credit. Unused credit granted to utility if/when the customer discontinues net metering.
Net Excess Generation: CHELCO
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Yes


Name: Member Services - CHELCO
Organization: Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc.
Address: 1350 W. Baldwin Avenue
DeFuniak Springs FL 32435
Phone: (800) 342-0990

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.