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Net Metering

Net Metering is a process in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. Net Metering is available with City Utilities. Call (417) 874-8200 for more information.

About Net Metering

When you install solar panels to offset part or all of your electricity from CU, it is important to go through the correct process so everyone stays safe.  Before you begin construction, the Net Metering Application must be submitted, then approved by CU. 

Net metering is the process that measures the amount of electricity you used from CU, and the amount of excess energy CU received from you during the same billing period.

Remember, you will use the energy your solar panels generate inside your home or business up to the point that your solar panels are generating more power than you need at any time.  At that point, the EXCESS energy is put back on the electric grid – and you get credit for it!


It’s important to use the right numbers when considering investing in solar panels.  We have seen some companies use exaggerated rates and unreasonable projected rate increases over the life of the system.  For a CU residential customer, it is reasonable to use 10 cents per kWh, and an escalation factor of no more than 2% per year.  If you have questions, please call us at 874-8200.

Net Metering Policy & Rate Information