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Net Metering

Get Credit for Sharing Energy

If you’re interested in generating your own renewable energy at your home or business, Net Metering could be for you. As part of the Net Metering program, you’ll earn credit on your monthly energy bill for any excess energy you don’t use.

How Does It Work?


Even though you generate electricity through your own renewable energy source, you will still be connected to the grid. The energy you generate will decrease your need to purchase electricity from us and we will credit you for any extra energy you produce. It’s good for the planet ─ and your budget, too.

Net Metering is available when you generate energy using eligible renewable energy systems. Check out the details in the chart below.

The new Distributive Generation Program, coming January 2021

The energy laws passed in 2016 include a Distributed Generation Program that will replace Michigan’s existing Net Metering program on January 2, 2021. Under the law, the program will be accessible to customers with a grid connected generator that is sized up to 150 kW or 550 kW for a methane digestor.

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Net Metering Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Categories


Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
System Size ≤ 20 kW > 20 to ≤150 kW > 150 to ≤550 kW
(Anaerobic
digestion only)
Meter Requirement Single Meter Two Meters Two Meters
Billing Net power supply and net delivery charges in addition to other fixed fees Net power supply and net delivery charges in addition to other fixed fees Net power supply and net delivery charges in addition to other fixed fees
Credit Excess energy credited at power supply and delivery rate Excess energy credited at power supply rate only Excess energy credited at power supply rate only

 For additional information on the process, check out the Net Metering brochure.

How to Enroll


You can participate in Net Metering if:

  1. You have a generator with a system size less than or equal to 150 kilowatts (kW) or a methane digester system less than or equal to 550 kW. You’ll need to project your annual kilowatt-hours.

  2. Your generator offsets the electric needs of your home or business.

Please Note: Whenever you make onsite changes that will affect your use, you’ll need to provide additional information and verification about how your annual energy use may change.

For more information, please see our Terms and Definitions below.

To get started:

  1. Determine your category:
    • Category 1: Electric generator producing 20 kilowatts (kW) or less per year.
    • Category 2: Electric generator producing 20-150 kW/year.
    • Category 3: Methane digester generating 150-550 kW/year.

  2. Complete the Interconnection Application (Category 1 and 2 Application; Category 3 Application): This form includes contact information, generation type, system size and annual energy use. You’ll be asked to pay a $75 application fee and a $25 program fee. If you have questions, call us at 517-788-2119 or email us.

  3. Make sure your generating system meets approved specifications submitted in your application.

  4. Perform a commissioning test to ensure your generator can be safely connected to the grid.

  5. Sign the Generator Interconnection Operating Agreement (GIOA) after confirming that the information on your newly installed system is accurate. If you plan to make changes to your system in the future, you must notify us ahead of time.
Installer Type Company Address
Renewable Installer
Agathon Solar
414 S. Henry Street, Bay City, MI 48706
Renewable Installer CBS Solar 16880 Front Street, Copemish MI 49625
Renewable Installer Country Air & Solar Energy LLC 1101 N. Bradley Rd, Charlotte MI 48813
Renewable Installer Ecojiva, LLC 2301 W. Big Beaver Rd, Suite 318, Troy MI 48084
Renewable Installer Four Elements Energy, Inc. 54630 60th Ave, Lawrence MI 49064
Renewable Installer
Global Battery Solutions
581 Ottawa Ave, Suite 100 Holland, MI 49423
Renewable Installer Harvest Energy Solutions 2218 E. High St, Jackson MI 49203
Renewable Installer  Helios Solar, LLC   248 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007  
Renewable Installer
Homeland Solar
110 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Renewable Installer J. Ranck Electric, Inc. (Commercial Installations) 1993 Gover Pkwy, Mount Pleasant MI 48858
Renewable Installer Michigan Solar Solutions LLC 509 Sherbrooke, Commerce MI 48382
Renewable Installer  Mid-America Solar, LLC 1971 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Renewable Installer Oak Electric Service Inc. 5492 Dixie Hwy Suite 1 & 2, Waterford MI 48329
Renewable Installer
Power Home Solar 

500 Stephenson Hwy, Troy, MI 48083

56308 N. Bay Dr, New Baltimore, MI 48051

4652 Danvers Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 
Renewable Installer  Quality Solar, LLC  701 W. State Street Saint Johns, MI 48879 
Renewable Installer Rustic Resource Renewable Energy 11290 Strait Rd., Hanover MI 49241
Renewable Installer Solar Joint Ventures LLC. 1904 Woodslee Drive, Troy MI 48083
Renewable Installer Solar King, LLC 4522 Racewood Drive, Commerce MI 48382
Renewable Installer Solar Time Tracker 3725 N. State Rd. 127, Angola, IN 46703
Renewable Installer Solar Winds Power System LLC. 5399 Laura Dr., Shelbyville MI 49344
Renewable Installer Strawberry Solar 2727 2nd Ave. #259, Detroit, MI 48201
Renewable Installer The Green Panel, Inc. 4023 South Old US 23, Brighton MI 48114
Renewable Installer Westbrook Construction, Inc. 7222 Burr St. P.O. Box 214, Benzonia MI 49616

Category 1: An eligible electric generator creating 20 kilowatts (kW) or less per year at a single site. It must also use equipment certified by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory to IEEE 1547.1 testing standards and be in compliance with UL 1741 1.1A.

Category 2: An eligible electric generator creating between 20 kW and 150 kW per year at a single site.

Category 3: A methane digester generating between 150 kW and 550 kW per year at a single site.

Eligible Electric Generator: A renewable electric generator or methane digester with a generation capacity outlined in categories 1 through 3 above.

Full Retail Rate: The power supply and distribution components for the cost of electric service. Full retail rate does not include surcharges, the system access charge of other charges assessed on a per-meter basis.

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions?


General Interconnection and Net Metering Questions

Net Metering Customer Service
517-788-2119

Questions About GIOA, Your Site Plan/One Line Diagram, CTR Report or System Requirements

Interconnections Team
customer.generation@cmsenergy.com
517-788-1432
Rm. P14-206
1945 West Parnall Road
Jackson, MI 49201

Questions About Mail in Documents or Agreements

Renewable Resources Team
net.metering@cmsenergy.com

Questions About Billing Concerns or Meter Exchanges

Complex Billing Team
special_ledger@cmsenergy.com
1-800-541-2341 Option 5

Questions About Rate Changes

Customer Service
800-477-5050