The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has proposed new regulations that will require all solar energy systems to utilize a revenue-grade meter to accurately measure electric output for the creation of SRECs eligible in New Jersey’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. This meter is in addition to the electric meter installed by the utility to measure a system’s electric consumption for purposes of net metering.  If this rule passes, all NJ systems without revenue-grade meters will need to report actual production and will no longer be eligible for production estimates on GATS.

All systems that do not have a revenue-grade meters that meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard C12.1-2008 must have one installed within 6 months from the rule adoption.  Following that date, SRECs will only be issued to systems based upon readings reported from a revenue grade meter measuring the system output.

This rule proposal is expected to be adopted by the NJBPU in December 2011, in which case a revenue-grade meter would be required to be installed no later than June 30, 2012.  Readings based on the meters will need to begin on the 1st day of the month following installation (i.e., if your meter is installed on May 10, 2012 then you will be required to begin reporting your generation from the meter as of June 1, 2012). To have a revenue-grade meter installed, contact your solar installer or licensed electrician.

For NJ systems that already report production based upon readings from a revenue-grade meter that meets the ANSI C12.1 Standard, no action is needed at this time. All systems that have a revenue-grade meter installed but are currently earning SRECs based on production estimates will need to begin reporting actual system production on their Sol Systems owner page.

If you have any questions about this NJBPU rule change, please call New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program at 1-866-NJSMART.

A courtesy copy of the rule proposal can be found at www.njcleanenergy.com/renewable-energy/program-activity-and-background-information/rps-background-info

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