Building Your Solar Installation

Three Steps to Get Connected

Find out how to get approval to build your residential solar energy system and connect it to the PSE&G energy grid.

Complete the three steps below to connect your residential solar energy system to the PSE&G electric grid.

Step 1: Interconnection Application Process

You or your renewable energy contractor will need to complete a net metering or interconnection agreement, as applicable. If the contractor completes the application, you, as the customer, must still sign the agreement.

  • Enter the address where your solar energy system will be located into our Solar Power Suitability Map
    This will preliminarily determine if the PSE&G electric circuits in the area will be able to accommodate your solar energy system.
  • Determine the level of your project as defined below. Level 1 <10KW Level 2 >10KW Level 3 >10KW and special relaying or metering required contact us if you're unsure about your project level.
  • Submit the appropriate application. Note: the application process requires TWO parts. The second part of the application must completed after construction. It is discussed in Step 3 below.

    Application for systems 10 kWDC and under (Level 1)

    Application for systems greater than 10 kWDC (Levels 2 and 3)

  • Submit the application.

    Level 1 applications

    Email the application to CINETMETER@PSEG.com, or mail it to the address below.

    Level 2 and Level 3 applications

    Send your application and your check for the application fee (see table below) to:

    PSE&G – Net Meter Department

    750 Walnut Ave

    Cranford, NJ 07016

    Note: You may not email Level 2 and Level 3 applications.

Application Information and Fees

Level

Specifications

Response

Cost

 

1

The facility is inverter-based

The facility has a capacity of 10 KW or less

Complies with UL 1741 and IEEE 1547 design standards

Initial response within three business days, and an additional 10 days for engineering review

No fee

2

The facility is inverter-based and has a capacity of >10 KW

Complies with UL 1741 and IEEE 1547 design standards

Initial response within three business days, 15 days for engineering review

$50 plus $1 per kW of installed capacity

3

Does not meet the technical requirements for level 1 or level 2

Varies

$100 plus $2 per kW of installed capacity

Step 2: Preliminary Solar Project Approval Phase

  • Within three business days of receiving the interconnection application, PSE&G will contact you or your contractor to confirm that the review process has started.
  • Within 18 business days of receiving the application for a Level 1 or Level 2 project, PSE&G’s engineering department will determine if it meets our specifications and requirements.
  • The review period for Level 3 projects will depend on the degree of study needed. Additional documentation may be required.
  • Within 21 business days of receiving the application for a Level 1 or Level 2 project, PSE&G will email notice of project approval or denial to you or your contractor. If the project is approved, you may move forward with the construction.

Note: DO NOT TURN THE SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM ON UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A PERMISSION TO OPERATE (PTO) NOTICE FROM PSE&G (except for testing purposes).

Step 3: Construction and Final Approval Phase

  • Complete the application process. Upon completion of solar project construction, you or your contractor must send an approved Uniform Construction Code (UCC) and Certificate of Completion to PSE&G. This can be done by e-mail.The Certificate of Completion can be found in Part 2 of the Level 1 application or in Attachment B of the Level 2 and 3 application.
  • Within 5 business days of receiving the approved UCC, PSE&G will schedule an inspection. In certain locations, this appointment may be waived.
  • Within 20 business days of receiving the UCC, PSE&G will inspect the solar energy system. This inspection is mandatory for final approval.
  • If the system passes inspection your meter will be immediately replaced with a bi-directional (net) meter. You will lose power momentarily for this to occur.
  • Within 25 business days of receiving the UCC, PSE&G will contact you or your contractor with the official outcome of the inspection.If the system passes inspection, you will receive a Permission to Operate (PTO) notice, which authorizes you to turn the system on.If the system fails inspection, you will be notified as to what actions need to be taken.

A SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM THAT IS TURNED ON BEFORE RECEIVING A PTO POSES A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD TO PSE&G ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION WORKERS.

DO NOT TURN THE SYSTEM ON UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE PTO.

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