The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us, and at BTU we have made some temporary changes to help our customers while we abide by national, state and local health recommendations. Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding our service changes: I want to pay my bill in cash, but the […]
Customers wishing to install solar panels on their home or business should email email@example.com or call 979-821-5830 to speak with a member of our staff regarding the required Distributed Generation (DG) Agreement, net metering policy, and technical requirements for connection to the BTU system. Customers are required to have a signed agreement with BTU prior to the installation of panels.
Please email all solar installation plans/drawings and signed DG agreements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Transmission Interconnection
Entities seeking to interconnect to BTU’s Transmission System should contact BTU at 979-821-5830 to request the interconnection requirements. These requirements address the interconnection of Generation, Transmission, and End-User facilities.
- Click here for detailed information on the requirements to install solar in the Bryan Texas Utilities’ service territory.
- BTU inspection payments should be submitted to:
Bryan Texas Utilities
C/O Energy Management
PO Box 1000
Bryan, TX 77805
Frequently Asked Questions About Solar
Does BTU offer any incentives or rebates for solar?
There are currently no incentives or rebates for solar through BTU.
Does BTU recommend any solar installers?
No, as a public entity, BTU does not associate with any specific installers. We do recommend that customers do their due diligence in researching solar installation companies when considering a solar installation and/or signing a contract.
Is there a limit on how large of a system I can install?
Customers are allowed to install a system at the size of their own choosing. Any customer wishing to install a system over 50 kW will need to contact BTU for the requirements and metering information.
Will a solar installation provide me with power during an outage?
No, unless you have battery storage that is charged by your solar system and discharged when the power is out. Most systems are designed to be shut off when disconnected from an AC power source.
Are there requirements for how my solar system is designed?
Yes, BTU has a one line diagram that shows how a solar system needs to be installed in order to interconnect to our electric system. BTU also requires that the solar design be approved by our engineering staff prior to installation. For a copy of the one line diagram, and to submit your plans for approval, email email@example.com.
What will I get paid for selling energy back on the grid?
BTU pays solar customers with a generation capacity of less than 50 kW for kWh at the current fuel rate (approximately $0.03/kWh). This will show as a credit on the customer’s bill.
Why doesn’t BTU pay the retail rate for excess generation?
BTU is a not-for-profit utility and has cost of service based rates, meaning the rates are designed to cover the utility’s cost to serve customers. BTU’s rate for kWh includes expenses beyond the price of energy, such as operational costs of the utility and transmission costs. To ensure that a fair price is being paid to solar customers, without becoming an expense to other non-solar customers, BTU does not pay back at the retail rate.
Are there any fees associated with installing solar in the BTU service territory?
An inspection of your solar installation by BTU is required prior to interconnection with the BTU electrical distribution system. The fee for this inspection is $240, which covers the cost incurred by BTU. Any additional inspections that may be required to approve needed corrections to the installation are also billed to the customer at a rate of $240. BTU is not responsible for issuing any construction permits for your installation; customers should work with their installer or local government for information on required permits.
Can I store any credits I have on my account and apply them to high bills in the future?
Your solar generation will be displayed on your BTU bill as a line item, and will be credited towards the total amount owed that month for energy that BTU has delivered to you. Should you generate enough electricity to cover your consumption, and still have a credit on your account, that credit will continue to roll over on your account until it is either used to pay for your consumption, or until it is paid out in the form of a check.
How often will BTU write me a check for a credit I have on my solar account?
The frequency of paying out credits will depend on the size of the credit and the agreed upon timeframe between BTU and the customer.
How long will it take to get my return on investment?
That depends on your usage, rates, federal or state tax incentives and the cost of the system, including any interest accrued. It is advised to calculate all of these factors to determine your return on investment.