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(A) The findings and determinations set forth in the preambles to this section are hereby made findings and determinations of the Council.
(B) The town encourages interested citizens and businesses to invest in renewable electric energy generation systems and enter into a net metering arrangement with the municipal electric utility of the town.
(C) "Eligible net metering customers" include single phase customers in good standing that own and operate a renewable generating facility that: (a) has a nameplate capacity less than or equal to ten kilowatts (kW); (b) is located on the customer's premises and is operated by the customer; and (c) is used primarily to offset all or part of the customer's own electricity requirements.
(D) The Council authorizes the utility to offer net metering to eligible net metering customers on a first come, first served basis. The utility shall limit the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity from all eligible net metering customers to one-tenth of 0.1% of the utility's most recent summer peak load.
(E) The utility shall measure the difference between the amount of energy delivered by the utility to the eligible net metering customer and the amount of energy generated by the eligible net metering customer and delivered to the utility. If the eligible net metering customer generates more energy than it consumes in a month, the customer shall receive a bill credit from the utility for the amount of surplus energy generated. The utility shall not purchase or wheel power produced by an eligible net metering customer's facilities.
(F) The attached “Net Metering Tariff” shall be adopted as the rates, terms and conditions under which the utility will offer net metering to eligible net metering customers.
(G) In accordance with the terms of the attached net metering tariff, the utility shall enter into an interconnection agreement with the eligible net metering customer, which incorporates technical interconnection requirements and does not conflict with this section before the net metering facility may be interconnected with the utility's system.
(H) It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to connect or maintain the connection of a renewable generating facility to the utility's system without first executing an interconnection agreement with the utility. Any person or entity found to be in violation of this section shall be fined not less than $500, nor more than $2,500 for each such violation, plus costs. In addition to the foregoing fines and at the utility's sole discretion, property where a renewable generating facility is unlawfully connected to the utility's system may be disconnected from the utility's system until an interconnection agreement is executed between the owner of such property and the utility. Every day that a violation of this section occurs shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 11 of 2015, passed 10-12-2015)