I live in Georgia, a backward state for energy policy.
Link: Freeing the Grid
Net metering is a regulatory policy that allows people to sell electricity back to the grid from their own renewable energy facilities, such as a solar array or a wind turbine, incentivizing renewable distributed energy generation projects. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 pushed utilities to adopt net metering as a policy but enforcement and program design has fallen mostly to the patchwork of state utility regulators.
Interconnection: Each state regulates the process under which a generator can connect to the distribution grid. These policies seek to keep up the stability of the grid as well as the safety of those who use and maintain it. However, if not implemented properly, these policies may pose a barrier to the development of customer-sited renewable energy and other forms of Distributed Generation (DG). Customers who seek to generate their own electricity—with a photovoltaic (PV) system or wind turbine, for example—and hook up to the grid must first go through this interconnection process. Many customers encounter unworkable interconnection requirements employed by utilities. In some cases, the interconnection process is so lengthy, arduous and/or expensive that it thwarts the development of customer-sited generators—especially in the case of smaller systems.