Tracking system: Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)
Electric utilities Entergy Louisiana and Southwestern Electric hit their cap of 0.5% of monthly retail peak load under the old net metering program. In December 2016, Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted regulations to credit net excess generation at the avoided cost rate and removed the aggregate net metering cap. Its net metering and standard interconnection policies are both capped at 300 kW, which covers some portion of the midmarket. Louisiana allows local governments to implement Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.
- The PSC issued General Order 12-8-2016 to credit net excess generation at the avoided cost rate instead of the retail rate.
- In December 2016, Louisiana PSC removed the aggregate net metering cap after some utilities hit the cap of 0.5% of monthly retail peak load.
All investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and electric cooperatives in Louisiana are required to offer net metering for commercial and agricultural systems up to 300 kW. Commercial customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) greater than 300 kW can be considered by the Louisiana PSC for net metering on a case-by-case basis. As utilities reached their aggregate net-metering cap the PSC began evaluating existing net metering policies. The PSC made a decision in December 2016 to remove the aggregate net metering cap. Net excess generation credits will be carried over every month at the avoided cost rate. New Orleans determines net metering policy through city ordinance.
System size limit: 300 kW commercial and agricultural, 25 kW residential
Aggregate cap: None
Credit: Net excess generation is credited at the avoided cost rate
RECs: Not applicable
Meter aggregation: Not addressed
Louisiana utilities are responsible for providing customer-generators with interconnection meters; customers are responsible for interconnection costs, including installing the meter. All interconnection systems are required to meet safety and performance standards set forth by the National Electical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Electrical Safety Code, and UL. Net metering is required for all interconnection systems, and the same system capacity limits apply. Insurance requirements are not addressed.
System size limit: 300 kW for commercial and agricultural, 25 kW for residential
Liability insurance: Not addressed
External disconnect switch: Required for most systems, with the exception of certain inverter-based systems that are designed to automatically shut down if utility service is lost
Third Party Ownership
The status of third-party ownership in Louisiana is unclear.
There are currently no statewide community solar policies in Louisiana. Utilities and developers may offer community solar programs.
State Incentive Programs
|Solar Energy System Exemption||Louisiana Department of Revenue||Solar equipment attached to residential buildings or swimming pools is exempt from personal property taxation.|
|Sustainable Energy Financing Districts||Local authorities||Louisiana allows local governments to form Sustainable Energy Financing Districts (SEFDs), a form of PACE financing. PACE allows property owners to repay loans for solar PV projects through a special assessment on the property over a specified loan term. SEFDs are authorized to issue bonds and pay the bonds on assessments against property improvements. Property improvements that "interfere with a right held by a public utility" are not eligible for PACE financing.|
Utility Incentive Programs
Please 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
- Entergy: Net Metering for Renewable Energy Resources
- Entergy: New Orleans Net Energy Metering Rules
- Entergy: Connecting Small Electric Generators to the Entergy Distribution System