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Leading the Way

The transition to a clean energy future is well underway, and we’re helping lead the way. By generating more energy from renewable resources, deploying new technologies and modernizing the grid to achieve a low- to no-carbon future, we are at the forefront of this transformation.

In addition to our ongoing efforts to generate green energy, we continue to work with you on practical ways to be more energy efficient and on programs to manage and lower your bills .

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Are Solar Panels Right for You?

Installing solar panels on your home can reduce your impact on the environment and potentially your electricity cost. There’s a lot to think about when determining if solar panels are a good option for you and your family. Before you make a decision, consider some of the facts and read our helpful guide.

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Helpful Guide for Homeowners

Energy Independence

Typically, solar panels supplement your electric service with us. Your solar panel system cannot operate independently of the electric grid unless it’s specifically designed to provide back-up power. For safety, most solar panels shut-off during an outage, so they may not power your home during a service disruption. Also, you’ll need to connect to the electricity grid to be compensated for the excess energy your panels produce.

Lease or Buy

When you lease a solar panel system, you’re able to use the power it produces, but a third party owns the system equipment. You then pay that company to lease the equipment. When you purchase a solar panel system, you pay up front to install and own the panels, or finance the purchase and pay for the costs of that equipment plus interest over time (typically 7-20 years). You’re also responsible for maintenance and repairs. Whether you decide to lease or buy, it’s important to review your contract and ask questions before agreeing to either option.

Want to learn more? Use this checklist of questions to help with your decision-making, and read our Dos and Dont’s for Hiring a Contractor.

How Much Will You Save?

Solar panels are a big investment, whether you lease or buy. There are a number of factors that make it difficult to determine the return on your investment including:

  • Weather conditions
  • The energy efficiency of your home
  • Changes to electricity rates
  • Potential changes to the compensation for electricity placed back onto the electric grid

Crunch the numbers with this solar calculator which uses information about your location and estimates available sunlight year-round to approximate a return on your investment.

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How to Apply For Interconnection Service

Before you install your solar panels, wind turbines or other distributed energy resources, and before you connect to our grid, you’ll need to submit an interconnection service application. Once approved, you can install the system, and following a successful inspection of your equipment, you’ll submit a signed agreement with us that governs the arrangement.

Check out our Quick-Start Guide for an overview of our application process and what to expect once your equipment is connected to our system. You’ll also find excellent resources for technical information as well as updated and relevant regulatory announcements on our Installing Generating Equipment page.

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Interconnection Service Application


Frequently Asked Questions

How much is AEP Ohio paying me for the power I generate?

You will receive compensation based on rates set by regulators. Find the most current rates that apply to your location.

Why don’t I have power during a system outage?

For safety reasons, your equipment may not power your home when there is an outage because it is synched with the power grid.

What am I responsible for?

You are responsible for:

  • Compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations – as well as the easement, licensing, design, equipment, studies, protection, maintenance, and operation by qualified personnel required to accommodate power generation and/or storage.
  • Synchronization with the utility distribution system, and we are not responsible for damage to your equipment resulting from outages.
  • Cost of any negative impact, investigation, and system upgrades required to accommodate your connection, as well as future modifications prompted by changes in our system and type of service provided.
What happens if I swap out equipment?

After an application has been approved, any changes to your system including equipment type, size or rating requires an updated application.

Do I have to go through this process for a back-up generator?

Not if it is strictly used as back-up. If it’s a so-called “make-before-break” system, you may be required to seek prior approval. Refer to the Installing Generating Equipment page for more info or call 888-216-3523.

More questions? Call us at 614-883-6775, or email us at dgcoordinator-ohio@aep.com. We are standing by to help.


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