Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Potomac Edison offer any incentives for customers installing renewable energy generation?
There are currently no company-sponsored rebate or incentive programs available for the installation of customer-owned self-generation systems; however, there may be state or federal incentives available. One source of information on state and federal programs is http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?state=MD.*
I have the very best property for a wind or solar farm. Who can I talk to about leasing my property or partnering with the Company?
The Company does not own generation facilities and is not looking for locations to site any generation.
Who should I call to install or purchase my system?
The Company does not maintain any vendor or installer listing or provide any vendor or installer names.
- I want to install a solar energy system or wind turbine. What are the company requirements? What forms do I need?
I want to install a solar energy system or wind turbine. How much will you pay for my excess energy?
The Company has a net energy metering tariff addressing compensation for excess energy from renewable energy facilities. A copy of the Net Energy Metering Rider rate schedule is available at Maryland Tariffs page.
The regulations are posted by the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State at: http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/SubtitleSearch.aspx?search=20.50.10.*
Is net metering available where I live?
To be eligible for net metering, the nameplate generation capacity limit is 2,000 kW.
The energy sources are restricted to biomass, solar or wind. Additional requirements are contained at Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ("PSC"), Subtitle 50 SERVICE SUPPLIED BY ELECTRIC COMPANIES, Chapter 10 Net Metering. The regulations are posted by the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State at: http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/SubtitleSearch.aspx?search=20.50.10.*
Is it cost effective for me to install a renewable energy system?
The Company cannot make this decision. It’s up to the customer to make this determination. There are many factors to consider such as the total installed cost of your system including maintenance costs, how much energy it will produce, the value of the energy you won’t have to purchase, how long will the system last and very importantly, the financial costs of the lost earnings on the money you will need to purchase & install the system. There are several analysis tools available on the internet. A fairly easy to use one can be accessed at the following website: http://chuck-wright.com/calculators/pv.html*
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory www.nrel.gov
- Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Network: www.eere.energy.gov/
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association www.nesea.org
- Solar Energy Industries Association: www.seia.org
- PVWATTS calculates electrical energy: http://gisatnrel.nrel.gov/PVWatts_Viewer/index.html
- Financial Analysis Tools: http://chuck-wright.com/calculators/pv.html
- Renewable Energy Center: http://francis.edu/renewable-energy-center
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