Tracking system: No formally adopted tracking system
Alaska's net metering program only applies to small systems less than 25 kW in capacity. Midmarket customers may be eligible for low-interest loans from the Alaska Energy Authority. Public benefit projects are eligible for Alaska Energy Authority grants.
Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)'s net metering regulations mandate all utilities with more than 5 million kWh of retail sales to offer net metering to retail customers. Utilities that generate 100% of their electricity from renewable energy or other low-impact sources are exempt from the net metering requirement.
Utilities are prohibited from charging net-metered customers any additional standby, capacity, interconnection, or other charges unless otherwise approved by the RCA. This safe harbor language does not explicitly extend to systems > 25 kW.
System size limit: 25 kW
Aggregate cap: 1.5% of average retail demand
Credit: Non-firm power rate
RECs: Not addressed
Meter aggregation: Not addressed
The Regulatory Commission issued interconnection guidelines for net-metered customers. The Commission has to approve interconnection charges to customer-generators. Utilities subject to Alaska's net metering regulations must have a simple interconnection application.
System size limit: 25 kW
Liability insurance: Utilities may require customers to have liability insurance if the insurance is deemed easily available at a reasonable price
External disconnect switch: Not required
Third Party Ownership
Third party solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are not allowed in Alaska.
There are currently no statewide community solar policies or programs in Alaska. Utilities and developers may offer community solar programs.
State Incentive Programs
|Renewable Energy Grant||Alaska Energy Authority||Qualified solar projects operated for public benefit are eligible for grants. The AEA makes recommendations to the Alaska state legislature, which makes funding decisions.|
Utility Incentive Programs
Check with local utilities for midscale solar incentives.
The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.
Net Metering and Interconnection
- Regulatory Commission of Alaska: R-09-001(3) Adoption of Regulations Implementing Net Metering
- Chugach Electric Association: Net Metering
- Matanuska Electric Association: Net Metering