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Net Metering and Buyback Generation

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska's net metering regulations became effective in 2010. Net metering allows a member to install and use certain types of renewable generation to offset monthly usage and sell excess power to their electric utility.

Are you interested in installing solar panels or other renewable generation at your locations? If yes, follow the steps below:

  1. Review the Safe Solar Systems guide, which is a member guide to selecting and installing approved solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the Chugach Electric service area. This document will provide a summary of the process to select, install, and connect a PV system. For general questions or to begin the application process to interconnect a distributed generator, please submit an Engineering Request using the "Customer Generation" option. 

  2. Before you order equipment and install your PV system, complete and submit the Application for Net Metering Installation along with detailed equipment specifications and your proposed system schematic (one-line) to the link provided in the email response to your request. A $200 non-refundable fee is required to be submitted with the application.

  3. Finally, before you energize your system you must complete and submit the Interconnection Agreement and receive written approval from a Chugach representative.


Net Metering FAQ's


Chugach's operating tariff contains net metering service conditions, interconnection requirements, and buyback rates. For additional information, please see the following:

Net Metering Service (Service Conditions)

Buyback Rates

Interconnection Guidelines for Non-Utility Generation (August 2008, rev. 6/8/2010)

Order Readopting Regulations (April 26, 2010)

Planning & Zoning PZC Case No. 2010-038

Renewable Energy Atlas of Alaska

Municipality of Anchorage Ordinance No. AO 2010-50


If you have questions or would like further information on customer owner interconnected generation, please submit an Engineering Request using the "Customer Generation" option.