1. What is a solar photovoltaic (PV) system?

A Solar PV system is  a combination of solar panel’s on the roof of your business or home that converts sunlight into electricity, and an inverter that converts the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) for use in you business or home.

2. How do I know if a solar PV system is right for my business or home?

You need to consider several factors that include the angle of your roof, the direction your roof faces, the size of your roof, and how sound is the structure of the roof.

3.  Can I install a solar panel myself?

Yes, however Canby Utility will only interconnect a system that has been inspected by the officiating city or county building officials, as well as reviewed by CU for proper disconnect placement and interconnection of the system with CU distribution system.

4. Does Canby Utility (CU) offer rebates for solar systems?

No, at this time we do not.  Our energy efficiency rebates and programs are funded through Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and at this time they are not offering any rebates for solar.

5. What is “Net Metering”?

Net metering is a special metering and billing arrangement between you and your utility company.  It measures the energy you have consumed and the energy your renewable energy generator, such as solar panels or a wind turbine has produced.   With net metering, you are then billed only for the difference, or net consumption during that billing period.  If your system generates more than you are using at any given moment, the excess goes out through your electric meter and into the grid and is recorded as a credit.  Should your system generate a positive net amount in any given billing period, the excess is carried over to the next billing period.  Once a year during the March billing cycle any remaining credit  accumulated during the previous year shall be granted to CU for distribution to CU customers enrolled in CU’s low-income assistance programs.

Here are some helpful links about Solar Energy.