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IID offering net metering program

September 27, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

If your home or business uses electricity from solar power or wind power and you would like to help the Imperial Irrigation District reduce summer peak power demand and further research into environmentally friendly power systems through the purchase of such systems, you can sign up with IID to do so.

The program is called net metering. It was approved by the state Legislature in April and adopted by the IID on Tuesday.

"I'm kind of excited about this because I see this as a positive," said Bob Fugett, IID superintendent general of electrical services.

Fugett said the intention of the legislation is not for customers to become net suppliers of electricity.

"There is no benefit economically to the customer for installing more generation capacity than is needed," he said.

He said even if the district bought excess power from customers it would be bought at a wholesale price and not a retail price.


A home's average 2,000-watt per hour system costs $6 to $10 per watt, or $12,000 to $20,000 to purchase, according to Fugett.

Because of air conditioning loads during the summer, Fugett said he does not expect customers to actually net zero. He said a power user would have to be quite frugal to do so.

Before a customer can connect to the district for the purposes of net metering, the customer will have to meet city or county building standards, whichever applies. Once approved, the customer can then contact IID.

Fugett said it is best for the customer to contact IID before choosing a solar system, thus reducing the amount of time required for later approval.

For further information on the program, contact IID at 339-9032.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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