Colorado Springs Utilities - Net Metering (Colorado)

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Last modified on May 23, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado
Name Colorado Springs Utilities - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit Monthly carryover
Applicable Utilities Residential systems up to 10 kW

Businesses up to 25 kW

REC Ownership Yes

System Capacity Limit "Goal" of 60 kW - no limit

Date added to DSIRE 2006-04-18
Last DSIRE Review 2006-04-18

References DSIRE[1]


A municipal utility large enough to fall under Amendment 37 rules, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) launched their net-metering program in 2004 for residential systems up to 10 kW. Business customers up to 25 kW are now also eligible. Though not a "true" net metering program - customers are required to have two separate meters - producers are credited at retail rates, and the second meter is only used to measure the RECs produced (which belong to CSU and count towards their annual RPS goals). Customers must provide a meter socket, and CSU provides the second meter. CSU does not charge stand-by fees or require additional insurance.

Any net excess generation (NEG) is credited to the customer's next monthly bill. Any balance left at the end of the year is credited to the utility. Interconnection agreement exists. Net-metered systems must be "operational" for five years with no gap for more than three months to qualify. Installations must have five-year warranty unless systems are self-installed.

CSU has three operational net-metered systems as of 2/06 (two customers, one school). More systems are expected to come on-line soon due to CSU's $4/W solar rebate program. CSU set a goal of 60 kW of net-metered generation.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Simon Eilif Baker
Department Colorado Springs Utilities
Address P.O. Box 1103
Place Colorado Springs, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80947
Phone (719) 668-8231


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"