Lakeland Electric - Net Metering

February 03, 2009


Lakeland Electric, one of the largest municipal utilities in Florida, offers net metering to residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity and to commercial customers who install PV systems up to 500 kW in capacity. There is no limit on the total net-metered capacity allowed in Lakeland's service territory. If the energy delivered to the utility exceeds the energy delivered to the customer during a given billing cycle, a credit for the customer's net excess generation (NEG) is carried forward to the customer's next bill indefinitely. The terms of interconnection and net metering are specified in a document titled "Agreement for parallel connection of a photovoltaic generator with the City of Lakeland’s Electric Distribution System." 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. Lakeland Electric requires an external disconnect switch for interconnected PV systems.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Applicable Utilities: Residential: 10 kW; Commercial: 500 kW
System Capacity Limit: None
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Credited to customer's next bill at the utility's retail rate; indefinite carryover
Net Excess Generation: Lakeland Electric
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Yes


Name: Jeff Curry
Organization: Lakeland Electric
Address: 501 E. Lemon St.
Lakeland FL 33801
Phone: (863) 834-6853

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.