Ready to install a solar or other small-scale renewable energy system on your home or business? View the following questions and answers about our customer-owned generation rules and processes.
At times, the solar or renewable system will produce more energy than the home needs
At other times the home/business will need to draw electricity from Idaho Power
A Kilowatt is a unit of measure of the amount of electricity needed to operate given equipment. One kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. Renewable generation systems like solar, are typically sized in watts or kilowatts.
A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit Idaho Power uses to measure your electricity usage each month. Kilowatt-hour is the most commonly-used unit of measure showing the amount of electricity consumed over time.
- Associated to accounts held by the same customer and be for the customer’s own use
- Located on contiguous property, in the same state and on the same primary feeder
- On compatible rate schedules. Transfers can occur between residential (Schedule 01, 06 and 84R) and small general service customers (Schedule 07, 08, and 84C) or between large commercial (09, 84L), industrial (schedules 19, 84L) and irrigation (Schedule Schedules 24 and A84)
- Plan your system. Decide the system size and equipment. A professional installer can help with this step. Use our Solar Checklist to help you through the process.
- Submit an Idaho Power Customer Generation Application and $100 fee. Applications are available at idahopower.com/customerGeneration or can be mailed upon request. Approved applications are valid for one year.
- Wait for approval to proceed from Idaho Power. We will review the application and check the infrastructure (lines, transformers, etc.) serving the property. We will let you know within 7 business days if you can proceed or if upgrades are needed. Upgrades are an additional expense, so we recommend completing this step before proceeding with your purchase.
- Build your system once you’ve received approval from Idaho Power and have secured any required building and electrical permits.
- Pass a state/city electrical inspection.
- Submit an Idaho Power System Verification Form certifying your system is complete and has passed all required inspections. Forms are available at idahopower.com/customerGeneration or can be mailed upon request.
Once the System Verification Form is received, Idaho Power will conduct an on-site inspection to confirm compliance with our rules and in most cases, change the meter. Once the meter is changed, you may turn on your system and begin generating power.
- Idaho Residential customers – Schedule 6, Residential Service On-Site Generation
- Idaho Small General Service customers – Schedule 8, Small General Service On-Site Generation
- All Oregon customers, and Idaho Large Commercial, Irrigation and Industrial customers – Schedule 84, Customer Energy Production/Net Metering Service
- Visit idahopower.com/customerGeneration
- Call 208-388-2323 or 800-488-6151 outside the Treasure Valley
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- oemr.idaho.gov – Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources for information on renewable resources in Idaho including technologies, financing options and resources
- oregon.gov/energy – Oregon Department of Energy for information on renewable resources in Oregon including technologies and financing options