Solar Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps I need to take in order to get solar?

  • Identify and implement energy efficiency opportunities
  • Schedule a meeting with ACEC. We can help you understand interconnection requirements and point you in the right direction for credible resources that can further assist with the analysis process.
  • Analyze your electric loads.
  • Determine applicable codes.
  • Identify and discuss your options with credible resources and contractors.
  • Schedule a follow-up meeting with your co-op.

What are your rates?
The current solar rate is referred to as “Banked” NET Metering. Any generation from the solar system will offset your consumption at 1 kwh for 1 kwh rate. If your system generates more energy than you consume, it will be added to your “Bank.” This bank will either build or reduce depending on your systems generation and your consumption. If there are any kwh’s in your “bank” at the end of your April billing, the kilowatt hours in your “bank” are paid out to you at the avoided cost.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?
At the end of each billing cycle there will be a bill statement generated. This statement may reflect what you owe to the Cooperative or alternatively what the Cooperative owes you.

Can I view how much power I generate on my SmartHub account?
You absolutely can! First, make sure you’ve registered your SmartHub account. Second, visit the “Usage” section of your SmartHub account.

Do solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
Surprisingly solar panels don’t need 100% sunshine. They will work in low light condition, just not to full potential.

Where does the power go?
Energy generated will either be consumed by your home or put back on the distribution system.

What happens if there is an interruption in ACEC’s power?
Our meters are designed to de-energize whenever there is a power outage and it will remain off until ACEC has restored power. This is to ensure the safety of your home and equipment.

Are there state or federal incentives, tax credits, or rebates available?
The Focus on Energy Program does offer direct rebates for both residential and commercial installations. In addition, the Federal Investment Tax Credit allows qualifying solar installations to deduct 30% off their federal taxes.

Where can I find solar vendors?
There are many vendors out there, the best resource for local Wisconsin installers is through the Focus on Energy Find a Trade Ally weblink below.

Residential | Focus on Energy

What should I look for when seeking a solar vendor?
NABCEP Certified, licensed, and insured, have experience, have references.

What safety requirements must I follow?
We require an open-air disconnect in addition to Department of Safety and Professional Services Inspection to ensure both the member and our crews are safe.

How do I get started?
Give Jeremy a call at (608) 339-5428 or email jhuhnstock@acecwi.com.