Installing Solar Panels

If you are going to install a solar or any type of self generation system, there are specific steps that need to be followed prior to installation, we ask that the following steps be taken to ensure a safe and reliable installation. On July 9, 2012, the Madison Borough Council amended the Borough Code on the matter of net metering. Review Ordinance 13-2012 (PDF) online. Please note the Net Metering Year now runs from April to March with rebates being mailed in April.

Step One

Please review our rules for customers with self generation (PDF) with your design engineer. To assure safety and the optimum value for both the Customer and the Municipal Utility, it is essential for the Customer to consult with the utility before purchasing, construction, operating, or interconnecting any self generation equipment to the system. No self-generating equipment may be connected to the Municipal Utility unless the customer notifies the Municipal Utility and all necessary equipment, in the opinion of the Municipal Utility, is properly installed to isolate the generating equipment from the Municipal Utility System.

Step Two

Download and complete Application for Solar System. Provide two sets of plans and specifications of the proposed system, signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of New Jersey. These plans must include a single line electrical diagram showing all protective schemes, with the outside Solar Array Disconnect clearly labeled. Please return the completed application, 2 sets of plans, and a check for $500 to the Madison Electric Department for system review by Madison’s consulting Electrical Engineer. NOTE: If the plans are rejected during the Engineering review process and must be revised and resubmitted, a $250.00 resubmittal fee will be required. 


Madison does require an outside disconnect accessible to utility workers. The disconnect will allow for the solar generation system to be disconnected during emergency situations.

Step Three

Upon approval by the Borough’s Electric Consulting Engineer, customer must then apply for installation permits at the Construction Code Office.

Step Four

Upon project completion and all final inspections from the construction office, a written interconnection agreement must be entered into with the Borough of Madison prior to energizing the system. Download and complete the Interconnection Application/ Agreement.

If you have any questions, please call the Water and Light Plant at 973-966-7330 or 973-593-3090.