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Indiana Net Metering to End


  • April 15 is the deadline for net metering applications to Duke, to ensure it will approved in time.
  • For solar installed after net metering, homeowners will be paid less than $0.03/kWh for energy they send to the grid. This will mean smaller solar systems to minimize export and possibly batteries
  • Solar power sent into the grid by solar owners flows to homes nearby through the utility meter. The utility is paid full retail price for that power that they didn’t pay to generate.
  • Demand for installations is extremely high. You will need to act as quickly as you can if you are planning solar, SES will do everything possible to get your application in time.
  • SES has 2 local crews and 3 more regionally that will be rotated in to Indiana to meet the demand.

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Big changes are coming to Indiana net metering.  These changes all stem from a law passed in 2017, SEA 309.  This law allows larger utilities, called investor owned utilities (IOUs), to end net metering after June 30, 2022. 

After net metering, the structure and compensation rates for solar produced by homeowners and businesses with solar systems will change. The compensation for energy feed into the utility grid by their solar will be miniscule. The excerpt below is from SUN (Solar United Neighbors)  article, The State of Net Metering In Indiana.

Indiana Net Metering Comparison

value of solar v. grid energy cost

“SEA 309 replaces net metering with a bad deal for solar owners. It establishes a new, lower rate for the energy solar owners generate, but don’t use themselves. The new rate is called “excess distributed generation” (EDG). It is based on the average marginal price of electricity paid by the utility during the most recent calendar year, plus 25%. In the CenterPoint case, this means lowering the value solar owners earn from electricity they send back to the grid from the current retail rate of around 15 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to just 2.772 cents per kWh.”

< Image = Cents per kilowatt hour value comparison for CenterPoint Energy (formerly Vectren) between what is paid by and what will be credited to solar owners when new net metering rates go into effect July 1, 2022.

Get Full Value Net Metering by Installing Now!

The best way to get full value for solar power that you generate in Indiana is to get started NOW. It can take 2+ months from contract to install and inspection. This will be especially true when inspectors are overloaded as it closer to the deadline.

WE CAN HELP! Solar Energy Solutions has 2 full crews in Indiana 3 more full crews close by to rotate into Indiana to be sure that we do everything in our power to help Hoosiers Go Solar!


net metering v. instantaneous netting

What makes SEA 309 so devastating is what is called ‘instantaneous netting.’  Instantaneous netting is different than net metering in that, instead of tallying the net energy consumption or export at the end of a billing period, instantaneous netting separates the power entering and leaving the home and values each stream differently.  With monthly net metering it is the difference between what is generated and what is used each month that is credited or charged. With instantaneous netting all energy sent to the home is charged at the retail rate of energy. Any excess solar production from the home is immediately valued at pennies on the dollar.  This policy has rarely been enacted in other states and is meant to discourage the homeowner utilizing solar power, by reducing the monetary benefit of owning your own generation. See the example to the right.

Breaking Down the Comparison

In the chart above, the monthly net metering example uses an equal value for energy pulled and pushed to the grid.  Instantaneous netting example uses the CenterPoint Power EDG rate.

Under the instantaneous netting scenario:  

  • a battery becomes a ‘must have’ instead of a ‘like to have
  • and sizing systems correctly will also be critical

The best way to avoid this is to get solar now.  We are already seeing a rush of interest.

To maintain net metering legacy rights a solar system must be installed and energized before July 1, 2022 (in areas like Centerpointe territory where utilities claim to have already reached 1.5% of generation capacity, it is already too late).  With this deadline looming, solar installers are going to be busy.

We strongly encourage you to act quickly if you have been planning to install solar. The lead time for an installation can be up to 3 months and it will get worse the closer it gets to the deadline.


In situations where net metering doesn’t exist or is very unfavorable, like above, you have two options as far as solar is concerned.

  • First, design the solar system at a size that won’t feed power back into the grid.  In this scenario, the system is sized smaller than the least energy use day of the home to keep the chances of sending power out into the grid very low. This is a way to cover part of you energy load with clean energy that will never have a rate hike
  • Second, install battery storage so you can use your power yourself.  A battery, like Tesla Powerwall, can be set to maximize self consumption.  This means you produce power during the day and use it at night or on cloudy days. Learn more about Tesla Powerwall here. This also protects you and your family from grid outages.
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