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Reducing your electric consumption before going solar results in a smaller-sized system saving you thousands in upfront costs and interest. Bundling solar with pre-solar energy efficiency upgrades can make your solar power generation system more affordable, and help you begin generating savings from day one.

Tying Solar into the Electric Grid

Most solar systems are connected to the electric grid. These systems are called “grid-tied”, meaning that electricity can flow to and from the grid.

When your solar array generates more power than your home needs, the excess is sent out onto the electric grid, where it is used nearby. Likewise, when your solar array isn’t producing enough electricity to meet your needs, you’re able to consume electricity from the electric grid. This is called net metering.

Net metering is the policy that makes compensation for your solar electricity production possible, allowing you to offset your electric bill with that production. In Colorado, net metering allows for a one-to-one credit for your solar electricity.

Your bill and Net Metering

Your bill will still come to you on a monthly basis and can be paid by all the standard means. Your new bill will reflect several key things:

1. Generation – How much your solar system put back on to the SIEA grid
2. Consumption – How many kWh your residence used from SIEA
3. Bank – this is how many kWh you have stored in excess and is rolled over month to month until May
4. Access Charge – $20 per month and is unavoidable by any excess generation

For Members

SIEA has a full Net Metering program available to its membership and highly encourages its members to call SIEA first to make sure they are getting the facts about renewables before installation.


The electricity you produce is equal in value to the electricity you receive from SIEA. If your solar array produces one kWh of electricity, you can directly reduce your electric bill by one kWh. If that kWh of solar electricity is generated when you don’t need it, it will be stored in your SIEA kWh bank and rolled over month to month. Your consumption will always be used out of your kWh bank first and is cashed out yearly in May at current SIEA avoided costs. If you have any questions, please email empower@siea.com or call 719-647-6250.

  • Renewables like solar have to be considered a long-term investment because it is a costly investment that has a usual 10–15-year R.O.I. (Return On Investment).
  • What your system produces will always be consumed by your house first and only excess generation will go back onto the SIEA grid and credited in your kWh bank.
  • Renewable energy is a rapidly evolving industry. As technology advances so will SIEA—always be prepared and stay in touch with SIEA.
  1. Your installer will submit the preliminary interconnection paperwork via the online net metering application on your behalf and SIEA will make sure the size and location of the solar array is appropriate based on the last 12-months of usage at your location.
  2. SIEA will reach out to you to discuss the Net Metering Agreement, which must be signed prior to a meter exchange once the final inspection notice is received.
  3. Once the solar array is installed, an inspection will take place by the appropriate government entity, either local or state, and SIEA will be notified.
  4. Interconnection will take place after all appropriate paperwork has been signed and submitted to SIEA. This is in the form of a meter exchange to install a two-way meter (net meter), which allows for a more accurate reading and reporting of your solar electricity production.
  5. Once the net meter is installed, your installer will be contacted by SIEA to give “formal permission to operate” and your solar array can be turned on.

For Contractors

1.  System capacity is limited to 10kw or 120% nameplate for residential.

2. System capacity is limited to 25kw or 120% nameplate for commercial.

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call Empower at 719-647-6250.