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Save with solar and net metering

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EBCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program encourages our commercial and industrial customers to install solar systems that produce clean renewable energy.

How it works

Net Energy Metering creates a two-way conversation between your solar system and the utility grid, based on the variation in energy production and usage.

Updated 2023 NEM Policy:

Beginning with the 2023-2024 true-up cycle, customers on EBCE’s Standard EBCE NEM program can choose an annual true-up option or remain on our monthly true-up plan. Starting in January 2023, you will be able to select an annual true-up online or by emailing or calling a representative. You will have until February 28 to make your selection for the April 2023 cycle.

Come back in January to choose your true-up.

  • Monthly true-up: If you generate more electricity than you use in a given billing month, the excess generation credit accrues in your account. You pay for consumption on a monthly basis if you do not have enough NEM credits in your account balance to cover monthly charges. Monthly true-up customers receive annual payment for surplus generation at the April cash-out.

  • Annual true-up: You will not be billed monthly for generation service. Credits and debits for consumption and net generation roll over until the annual true-up in April. You may owe payment due to under-generation, or receive payment, at the April true-up.

    EBCE will host two webinars in English to review these true-up options and our updated NEM policy. If you would like to request a webinar in a different language, please contact us at customer-support@ebce.org or 1-833-699-EBCE (3223).

Webinar information:

Thursday, January 19 at 12pm - REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE

With Net Energy Metering:

  • Your meter tracks the amount of electricity you use versus the amount of electricity your solar system produces.

  • When you produce more electricity than you consume, that excess generation is credited and put in a “savings account.”

  • When you consume more than your solar system produced, you withdraw credits from that account.

  • Every year will be the EBCE “cash-out” period when customers who produced more electricity during the year than they used will receive a cash-out payment for each kWh. Your annual PG&E true-up for energy delivery will continue on your PG&E interconnection anniversary date.

For more details, download the following PDFs:

Updated NEM tariff effective April 2023 (PDF) (PDF)

Click here for NEM FAQ

Other things to consider

If you need to use more electricity than the credits you have in your savings account, your electric meter will record your balance — just like it did before you went solar.

Businesses with solar systems that have been approved for interconnection to the grid by PG&E are automatically enrolled into the NEM program.

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