Net Metering Pilot Program - Berea College Utilities

May 17, 2005


On September 25, 2003, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order allowing Berea College Utilities to offer net metering to qualified customers as part of a pilot program. Residents and businesses in Berea College Utilities territory that install solar, wind or small hydro systems are eligible. Residential systems are limited to a maximum capacity of 10 kW, while systems for non-residential customers are limited to 25 kW. This is a pilot project effective for three years and is currently limited to 25 customers. Because the program requires a minimum one-year participation period, new customers are accepted until a year before program expiration. Customers will not be paid for excess generation. If eligible customers generate more electricity during a billing period than is consumed, the excess generation will be carried forward to the next billing period. Kentucky utilities are currently allowing public comment on developing their individual tariffs, which will be announced this winter. The pilot programs will last until their expirations, at which point the new tariffs will be effective.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Kentucky
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Applicable Utilities: 10 kW (residents) and 25 kW (non-residents)
System Capacity Limit: 25 participants
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Credited to the following month
Net Excess Generation: Berea College Utilities


Name: KY PSC Case No. 2003-00010
Date Enacted: 10/1/03
Effective Date: 9/25/03
Expiration Date: 9/30/06


Name: Joshua Bills
Organization: Kentucky Solar Partnership
Address: 50 Lair Street
Mt. Vernon KY 40456-9806
Phone: (606) 256-0077

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.