Whether you plan to generate electricity using solar panels, wind turbines, biomass or biogas energy, or hydro-energy, net metering allows you to use the energy you produce any way you choose.
For more information, view our Net Metering Frequently Asked Questions below.
For additional information about Net Metering or any of the programs offered by LG&E and KU, please contact the Customer Commitment Department. To learn more about renewable energy, visit:
- The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site
- The Kentucky Solar Partnership's Web site
Frequently Asked Questions
What is net metering?
Net metering provides customers with the option of generating their own renewable electricity to power their homes or businesses. Net metering measures the difference between the energy a customer purchases from LG&E and KU and the amount of renewable energy the customer generates using their own solar, wind or other acceptable renewable energy source. Any excess power generated will be applied as a credit by LG&E and KU to meet the customer's future energy needs.
How does net metering work?
With net metering, you use the electricity you generate first, reducing the amount you normally purchase from us. If you generate more electricity than your home or business uses, LG&E and KU will apply a credit for the excess electricity to the customer's account to be used to meet the customer's future energy needs.
Once your renewable generator is installed, it will have to be inspected and approved before being connected to our system. We will ask that you complete a net metering application before installing a net meter at your home/business.
What is renewable electricity?
Renewable electricity is energy that is produced from natural resources, including the sun, wind and water. Renewable energy sources are readily replenished by Mother Nature and offer a clean source of energy.
Does LG&E and KU allow renewable generators on its system?
Yes. We understand the importance of protecting the environment, and we know our customers do, too. In addition to renewable generation, we offer a variety of programs to encourage our customers to become better energy managers and allow them to play an active role in helping us preserve the environment.
What natural resource will work best for me?
We advise customers interested in natural resources to start by doing some research. A great deal of information is available on the topic of renewable energy. You will want to research the options and the amount of the investment required. Your decision will likely be affected by issues that relate to your specific location within our service area. Factors can vary throughout the region; therefore, it is important to secure opinions and quotes from several different vendors to determine if self-generation is even an option for you.
How much does it cost to install a renewable generation source?
There are several options and a number of issues to keep in mind when considering self-generation. Therefore, you should secure quotes from several different vendors before making your decision.
Does LG&E and KU offer referrals to customers for vendors who install/build renewable generation?
LG&E and KU does not make referrals but recommends that you check the references from all vendors.
What if I generate more than enough electricity to meet my family's/business's needs?
LG&E and KU will apply a credit toward your account to meet your future energy needs. To view qualification guidelines, please view our net metering guidelines on the LG&E and KU Web site.
What if I generate more electricity than my family/business can use but I want to sell it to LG&E and KU?
LG&E and KU does not purchase electricity produced under its net metering program. Generation that exceeds the amount required by the customer producing the electricity will lead to a credit applied to the customer's account. The energy you produce can only be used to offset the amount of energy you purchase from LG&E and KU, thereby reducing your monthly LG&E and KU bill.
Because I generate my own electricity, will I be able to avoid future power outages?
It depends on the size of your renewable generation system and the way it is connected to our system. You may be able to generate enough electricity to provide a small amount of electricity to meet your needs during an outage situation.