Solar

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Whether you’re considering installing solar panels as part of your Hurricane Matthew restoration plan or you’ve decided it’s time to make the jump into a renewable generation system, please be sure to contact PWC first to learn about our solar requirements before signing a contract or making a commitment to have the panels installed.

  • Supporting sustainability is a Commission Strategic Plan Initiative.
  • Because many of the tax incentives for solar will soon be disappearing, many installers are rushing to get them in so customers can take advantage of the incentives.  Make sure you have all the information you need before signing on the bottom line.
  • Each utility has its own connection policies, metering requirements, and policies regarding solar installation.
  • In addition to obtaining local permits, you are also required to contact PWC before the solar system is energized.  We highly recommend that you contact PWC before you enter into a contract so we can review our requirements and policies with you.  These can impact the cost of the installation and the economics of your installation.
  • An improperly installed system has the potential to seriously injure a PWC employee who may be working on our electric lines.
  • Failure to contact PWC ahead of time can result in PWC requiring that you disconnect your solar panel and isolate it from our electrical system.

PWC’s residential and commercial customers who are installing a renewable generation system with a nameplate rating of 10 kW or less, and with plans to interconnect with PWC’s distribution grid with the intent of selling excess power back to PWC, must submit an application requesting interconnection.

Upon approval of the application and prior to interconnection, the customer’s system must be verified by PWC as meeting all interconnection standards. The customer will be required to enter into a written agreement with PWC which specifies the installation and operating requirements to ensure that personal safety and system reliability will not be compromised.

For more information about this program, please call (910) 223-4224.

Steps to Achieve Interconnection/Parallel Operation

Photovoltaic (PV) Interface Criteria

Application for Interconnecting a Certified Generating Facility

Interconnection Contract

Interconnection Installation Illustration

N.C. Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity

NCUC Rule 8