Borough of Park Ridge, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-29. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Electric rates — See Ch. 55A.
Electric service regulations — See Ch. 56.
A. 
This tariff for net metering installations is for all approved customers that generate electricity, on the customer's side of the meter, using a wind or solar photovoltaic system. Net metering, subject to the conditions and limitations described in this section, is available to customer-generators that are provided service under the Borough of Park Ridge Electric Department's ("Borough's") residential, general commercial or large power tariffs.
B. 
Net metering of a qualified customer provides for the billing or crediting, as applicable, of energy usage by measuring the difference between the amount of electricity delivered by the Borough to the net-metering-qualified customer in a given billing period and the electricity delivered by the net-metering-qualified customer into the Borough's distribution system.
C. 
The Borough will select and supply the type of meter(s) that will enable the measurement of the electricity for the billing or crediting of energy delivered as indicated above.
D. 
Customers qualified for net metering shall enter into the Borough of Park Ridge Electric Department Interconnection Application/Agreement for Net Metering Facilities for Wind-Based and Photovoltaic (PV) Systems ("Interconnection Agreement") and shall be responsible for all interconnection costs, which shall be in addition to any service charges required to meet service requirements.
A. 
To qualify for net metering, a customer's wind or solar photovoltaic system cannot exceed 90% of the customer's current peak electric needs of their residence or facility, as applicable. Any installations which are greater than 150 kW are beyond the terms of this tariff and will require a specific purchased power agreement with the Borough which will be based upon avoided cost principles.
B. 
The Borough reserves the right to monitor the aggregate load of all renewable energy installations connected to the Borough and to institute aggregate limits.
A. 
A net-metering-qualified customer shall comply with the requirements of the Interconnection Agreement.
B. 
The net-metering-qualified customer shall be responsible for meeting all applicable safety and power quality standards, including but not limited to all applicable safety and power quality standards approved by the National Electric Code, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, accredited testing institutions, such as Underwriters Laboratories, and, specifically, IEEE Standard 929-2000.
A. 
Prior to interconnecting with the Borough's distribution system, the net-metering-qualified customer is required to provide the Borough an Interconnection Application/Agreement accompanied by a fee of $100 to process the application. The application fee shall be waived for all government or Board of Education applications.
B. 
After the Borough receives the completed application and conducts the appropriate review and inspection, it will execute the Interconnection Agreement and inform the applicant that it is permitted to proceed with the interconnection; or permission to interconnect will be denied and the Borough will explain its reasons for denying permission. Reasons for denying the interconnection may include the need for a more detailed interconnection study.
C. 
If a detailed interconnection study is needed, the Borough shall provide a good faith estimate of the cost of reviewing the plans, conducting inspections and for the cost of all equipment that may be necessary to interconnect the self-generating equipment with the Borough's distribution system. The customer shall pay the Borough the full amount of this good faith estimate. Any amounts not expended shall be returned to the customer. Any additional costs reasonably incurred by the Borough to complete the interconnection with the customer shall be paid to the Borough prior to interconnection. The customer shall be responsible for the cost of periodic testing of the interconnection facilities.
D. 
Initiation of service will become effective on the net-metering-qualified customer's first regularly scheduled meter reading date as agreed to by the customer and the Borough and after the Interconnection Agreement has been fully executed by both the customer and the Borough.
A. 
The annualized period shall be one year from the date of the initiation of service and shall be repeated each year while the system is online. Once operational, the Borough shall have the right to adjust the annualized period for operational and billing purposes.
B. 
When the amount of electricity delivered by the net-metering-qualified customer, plus any kilowatt hour credits held over from the previous billing periods, exceeds the electricity supplied by the Borough, the net-metering-qualified customer shall be credited for the excess kilowatt hours until the end of the annualized period.
C. 
At the end of the annualized period, the net-metering-qualified customer will be compensated for any remaining credits by the Borough at the Borough's avoided wholesale power cost for energy. Transmission, capacity, ancillary services and costs not related to the Borough's avoided energy cost shall not be included in this compensation.
Whenever a meter measuring energy delivered from a net-metering-qualified customer to the Borough's distribution system is found to be registering slow or fast by 2% or more, an adjustment of the energy delivered shall be made.