The City of Delta Utility and DMEA have different net-metering policies. Net metering allows you to measure the energy you consume from the utility but also measure the excess energy you put back on the grid. When you produce more energy than you consume, excess energy goes back to the grid and you are credited.
The main difference with the City of Delta Utility’s current net metering as compared to DMEA’s policy, is that it has annual true-ups in October, meaning valuable excess credits generated in summer months are zeroed out during the months you most need them: the fall and winter. Compared to DMEA’s policy, this drastically changing the value proposition of solar.
The City of Delta receives its energy from a different wholesale power provider than DMEA. As a voting member, the City of Delta Utility works with other municipal and community utilities, to outline provisions for all of its members. There is potential that new directives from the wholesale power provider will allow members like the City of Delta to adopt a more solar-friendly net-metering policy in the future, that will allow more people to benefit from going solar, and promote more local energy production.
The City of Delta cannot change their net-metering policy at this time until they have a better understanding of policy changes coming from their wholesale power provider.
Solarize Delta County is still open to all in the county and our partner installers will work with Delta residents to interconnect should they choose to go solar. For education sake, it is just important to be aware of the differences between DMEA and City of Delta Utilities net-metering policies, which could change the value proposition of solar for some City of Delta Utility customers.
Residents of Delta are welcome to speak to their utility regarding their net-metering policy. It is the hope that the demand for solar created through Solarize will help encourage a more inclusive net metering policy, so all of Delta County can access the benefits of the sun.