Solar Energy — What You Need To Know
Is Solar For Me?
Before considering solar energy, it's important that you have a solid grasp of your current energy use, and that your home or business is as energy efficient as possible. You can view your usage history online by logging in to your account. Arming yourself with this information will allow you to get the most for your money.
What Does It Cost?
The cost of solar energy varies depending on your energy use. Contractors offer different ways to finance a solar system, and depending on your current financial situation, your tax or financial advisor can help you decide whether it's better for you to purchase or lease your system. Learn more about the economics of solar.
How Do I Get Started?
Installing a rooftop solar system is a team effort. Con Edison is part of that team. We make sure your solar installation is properly connected to the grid, and that it operates safely and efficiently so you'll have power when the sun goes down. The actual installation of solar panels is done by independent contractors. Although we cannot make recommendations on specific contractors, we can provide you with resources that will help you make an educated decision.
Once you've found a contractor, they will submit your application to Con Edison, and we will review it to make sure everything is properly documented. Upon verification of your application, you will receive an email from our Project Center. When your installation is complete, we will give you a new net meter. For residential solar, your installer will also run tests to ensure that your system is working safely and properly. Con Edison will conduct an inspection on all solar projects over 25kW. Once your net meter is installed and we've assured that your system is safe, we'll send you a letter alerting you that your contractor can turn on your solar system and you can start producing energy.
How Will My Bill Differ?
The net meter will record the difference between the energy produced and the energy consumed. If you were previously enrolled in either the voluntary time-of-use program or a level billing payment plan, we recommend that you opt out, as these are generally not beneficial for our solar customers. Please email dgexpert@conEd.com or netmetering@conEd.com with questions.
Unless you produce more energy than you need, your Con Edison bill will look exactly the same. If you do produce an excess of energy, your bill will contain a summary page detailing the credits allotted to your solar bank. These credits roll over to your next monthly bill. For a thorough explanation on solar billing and net metering, check out our FAQs.
When Should I Cash Out My Solar Credits?
Once a year, Con Edison is required to "cash out" your solar bank. This cash out is regulated by law and is done at a lower rate than the one that appears on your bill. You can decide which month you'd like to cash out, but because your solar bank has more value when applied to your energy use, many choose to cash out during months where they expect the fewest amount of credits in their solar bank. To figure out what makes the most economic sense for your particular situation, it may be worthwhile to wait a year to monitor your energy use.
For general questions about solar or distributed generation resources, email dgexpert@conEd.com.
If you have questions about a pending project, call your Customer Project Manager in Energy Services. Their contact information can be found on the Project Center when you log in with your case number (MC-xxxxxx).
If you have questions about solar billing once your system has been turned on, email netmetering@conEd.com or call us at 212-780-6600.
What Do I Need to Know?
Before planning any interconnection process in our service area, it is important that you understand Con Edison's electric grid. In order to ensure system reliability and safety, each project must submit detailed specifications for review. In some cases, your project may need upgrades in order to interconnect. Whether or not your project will require upgrades is site specific and depends on both the size of the solar energy system relative to load, as well as the type of service to the building. Grid connections generally fall under one of the following three categories:
How Do I Submit an Application?
Before submitting any application, please review the New York State Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR).
All applications can be submitted online via Con Edison's Project Center and should include the following documents (as specified by the SIR):
Please include all necessary information, designs and accurate contact information to ensure an efficient review process. Any missing information or changes to a project design may result in additional review time.
If you are installing a system above 2 MW, please contact us at dgexpert@conEd.com and we will provide you with guidance on specification and additional considerations for large scale projects.
Who Can I Contact with Additional Questions or Concerns?
Your customer project manager will be your main point of contact. You will be notified of their information upon submission of your application.
The following departments are also involved and may be used as resources throughout the installation process:
Distribution Engineering: Performs all technical analysis for interconnection.
If you have questions or concerns pertaining to permitting, building codes or other municipal issues please consult the specific agency involved or refer to the City University of New York's resource guide.