After Installing Renewable Energy

By now a qualified contractor should have helped you select a renewable energy technology that meets your needs and budget and helped you plan and install your system. It's important to have a resource for what you need to know now that your system is installed—from completing your application for interconnection to potential changes to your billing structure and more.

Getting Connected

For safety and reliability, all renewable generating systems that wish to connect to the electric grid must have an Interconnection Agreement with PG&E in accordance with federal and state regulations. Our Generation Interconnection Services team is here to help you ensure a successful project and safe, reliable interconnection to the grid.

Here's how to get started on the interconnection process >>

Net Energy Metering (NEM) Billing

Upon interconnection, PG&E's Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program provides customers the ability to offset the cost of their electricity with energy their generating system exports to the grid. When you generate more electricity than you use, the excess flows to PG&E's electric grid, giving you a credit that offsets the cost of the electricity you purchase.

Learn more about how NEM billing works >>

Reading the Meter

At the time of interconnection, PG&E will install a Net Meter that measures the differences between the amount of electricity your system generates and the amount you use from grid. Starting in 2012, PG&E will begin upgrading the existing Net Meter with a SmartMeter™.

Learn how to read your electric NEM meter >>

 

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