Gunnison County Electric - Net Metering (Colorado)

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Last modified on May 24, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado
Name Gunnison County Electric - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; purchased by utility at avoided-cost rate at end of 12-month billing cycle
Applicable Utilities 10 kW

Net Excess Generation Gunnison County Electric

REC Ownership Yes

System Capacity Limit First 50 customers

Date added to DSIRE 2002-12-13
Last DSIRE Review 2007-05-23

References DSIRE[1]


Gunnison County Electric Association's (GCEA) net-metering pilot program* is available to the first 50 customers who install eligible photovoltaic (PV) or wind-energy systems with a capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW) or less. Any customer net excess generation (NEG) is carried over to the customer's next monthly bill. At the end of a 12-month period, GCEA reimburses customers at the utility's wholesale rate for any remaining NEG. GCEA does not install systems for customers, but does offer a low-interest loan of up to $25,000 for PV and wind-energy systems. Customers can download the net-metering application and compliance form from the program web site above.

* GCEA offers "true" net metering to its customers. In 2002, Colorado enacted legislation (C.R.S. 40-9.5-304 et seq.) requiring the state's electric cooperatives to offer "net metering" to customers. However, the term "net metering" is a misnomer in this particular law. Under the law, customers receive a lower rate -- the utility's avoided-cost rate -- for all electricity generated, while customers must pay the full retail rate for all electricity they purchase from utilities. This practice, commonly known as "dual metering," is much less favorable to customer-generators than "true" net metering.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Chief Engineer - GCEA
Department Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc.
Address 37250 Hwy. 50
Address 2 P.O. Box 180
Place Gunnison, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 81230
Phone (970) 641-3520
Phone 2 (800) 726-3523

  • 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)"