Rooftop solar: Be in the know

IREA is aware that several rooftop solar providers are actively contacting customers and offering the opportunity to purchase systems to be interconnected with our grid.

We urge customers to contact our Engineering Services department at (303) 688-3100, ext. 5302, before signing any agreement or purchasing a rooftop solar system. Sales personnel may not fully understand IREA’s net metering policy and rate structure, both of which affect the solar financial equation.

IREA will provide any interested customer an information packet that includes a cover letter, list of required documents, interconnection agreement and rules and regulations. This packet provides answers to most questions regarding generation interconnections and is essential reading for anyone considering rooftop solar.

We also want customers to be aware of the following:

• IREA does not have agreements of any type with any solar providers granting either exclusive or non-exclusive business within our service territory.

• IREA is not at all against solar interconnections. We do, however, want our customers to have the most accurate information regarding rooftop solar, which is not always provided by door-to-door and other solar vendor sales teams.

• IREA does provide via our website the application for an interconnection, which describes in detail net metering and qualified facilities. That application can be found here.

• Our Engineering Services department is happy to discuss with any customer or solar vendor the application process and answer any questions regarding interconnection with the grid. Call (303) 688-3100, ext. 5302.

• Net metering is available to residential customers installing up to a 10-kilowatt (AC) system. If the system exceeds 10 kilowatts, it will not be net metered. A solar generating customer may still receive a monthly credit for any kilowatt-hours their system delivers to IREA at our avoided cost, which currently is $.04881 per kilowatt-hour.

• If your solar vendor is not familiar with IREA’s policies and procedures or our load factor adjustment (LFA), be sure to contact us to discuss how installation of solar may affect your monthly bill.

• Solar vendors often operate in multiple states with varying policies on interconnections and may not be familiar with IREA’s rate structure. Request that any explanation of possible benefits be based specifically on IREA’s rate structure.

• Be wary of comments seen on social media, especially generalizations and mischaracterizations of IREA’s policy regarding solar. Solar sales and installation personnel sometimes falsely blame IREA for their own company’s business decisions. We do not and cannot prohibit any solar providers from installing their products in our service territory. We also do not have a preferred company for rooftop solar installation.