Wayne-White Electric Cooperative does not discourage or hinder anyone from installing solar panels at their home, if they choose to make that investment. In fact, the cooperative has a “Net Billing” policy in place for people utilizing solar at their home. We recently moved from"Net Metering"to "Net Billing" because we reached our 1% level of solar connections on our lines. Talk with us before you sign an agreement with a solar installer, so that you understand our policy, and how it will affect your payback costs. "Net Billing" allows solar customers to generate electricity for personal use, and sell any excess energy to the cooperative at wholesale or “avoided cost” prices, while purchasing power at the normal residental rate. It is indicated with the acronym SBB on your electric bill (Solar Buy Back).
In order to properly install solar panels at a home served by Wayne-White, it is necessary to have certain safeguards in place to prevent harm to linemen or the grid. If you are interested in learning more about installing solar panels, our policies and the proper steps necessary to install them safely and legally at your home, talk to our Engineer, Josh Scott at (618) 842-2196 and watch the very informative videos on this page below.
5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels at your Home
WATCH the short VIDEO above to learn more about the 5 things to consider before installing Solar Panels.
U.S. Map of Preferred Solar Panel Locations
Based on Efficiency & Performance
While Solar Panels can produce some energy from the sun in southern Illinois,
you can see from the map above that the best location for solar is the southwest
portion of the United States.
Analyze Your Electric Usage and Understand How Solar Works
WATCH the short VIDEO above. If you are thinking about installing solar panels at your home, it is important to understand what your current electric usage is at your home, in order to calculate the size of system you would need. Our engineers at Wayne-White can help you analyze your monthly base load and answer more questions about solar panels and how they work. Knowledge is power, and we want you to be as informed as possible.