The first option allows Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) participants or low income housing facilities enrolled in the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) to allocate credits from one solar generating system across multiple accounts at the same customer service delivery point. This option offers the benefit of central solar generation to multi-family housing facilities that are individually metered by PG&E without requiring each tenant or common area account to have its own generator physically connected to each billing meter. Unlike a typical Net Energy Metering (NEM) account, where kilowatt-hours from a generator are only applied to that generator's account, the kilowatt-hours accumulated from a NEMVNMA generator can be allocated to other specified accounts at the same customer service delivery point. To apply, complete the NEMVNMA Application Form 79-1109 for this option.
The second NEMVNMA option (see option c of the NEMVNMA rate schedule) allows applicants to allocate credits from a generator to other accounts at the same building site without having to be at the same customer service delivery point. Applicants for this option must be eligible for NSHP or MASH (MASH-eligible applicants do not have to actually receive MASH funding in order to qualify). To apply, complete the NEMVNMA Application Form 79-1124 (PDF, 626 KB) for this option. Please note that this option is limited to applicants who will be ready to interconnect on or before December 31, 2011. "Ready to interconnect" means that the generator has been built and has passed its final inspection by the local building authority with jurisdiction over the generating facility.
Before operating any generating facility connected to PG&E's distribution facilities, customers must first receive written authorization from PG&E as required by Electric Rule 21. Unauthorized operation could result in personal injury, equipment damage and/or property damage, for which a customer may be liable.
Sites within certain areas of San Francisco and Oakland are not eligible for the NEMVNMA program. For more information, please refer to information about secondary networks.
To apply for NEMVNMA, the following steps must be followed:
- Submit a completed NEMVNMA Application Form 79-1124 including Appendix A and B (PDF, 626 KB) or Application Form 79-1109 and Appendix A, depending on which option you select,
- List the benefiting accounts on Appendix A of the application form,
- Submit a single line diagram of the proposed generating system,
- Submit a signed building permit showing that the completed system has been inspected and given, final approval by the local building authority, and
- Include payment of the fee to install the generator output meter, if needed.
Once your project is deemed eligible for MASH or NSHP funding, please contact PG&E's Generation Interconnection Services (GIS) department at 415-972-5676 to start the interconnection process. In order to begin the interconnection process, all applicants must first be deemed eligible to receive MASH or NSHP, including applicants applying under option c who do not currently receive MASH funding. The proposed generator specifications and layout will be reviewed by PG&E's planning engineers. Changes in the generator specifications and a site visit by PG&E may be necessary. The timeline for completing the interconnection process will depend on the complexity of the project.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does NEMVNMA work?There are now two NEMVNMA options.
In the first option, the owner of the eligible income-qualified facility determines the percentage of annual solar energy credits allocated to the common area account(s) or the residential account(s). This allocation shall remain fixed for at least five years, regardless of a change in owner. For the kilowatt-hours allocated to residential accounts, the percentage of solar energy credits will be in proportion to the relative size of each dwelling unit, consistent with the manner in which affordable housing rents are established. This solar allocation percentage will be established initially by the owner on Appendix A of Form 79-1109 (PDF, 626 KB), the NEMVNMA application and interconnection agreement.
The second option, as in the first option, allows the owner to allocate credits from a single generator to designated accounts (to be listed in Appendix A of Application Form 79-1124), but allows the benefiting accounts to be at different customer service delivery points from the generating account. However, the benefiting accounts must still be at the same development site as the generating account. Review the NEMVNMA Rate Schedule for additional details. Applicants under this option must have their generator ready to interconnect on or by December 31, 2011. "Ready to interconnect" means that the generator has been built and received final approval by the local authority with jurisdiction over the customer's generating facility.
- Are there any costs to enroll in NEMVNMA?Information about interconnection costs is provided under Rule 21. All costs necessary to install the generator output meter at the site of the generator account (see sheet 5 of the NEMVNMA tariff) are the responsibility of the building owner. If the project includes more than one generator account, a generator output meter is required at each site. We recommend you review your plans with PG&E's Generation Interconnection Services department before the final design of the project.
- What is a customer service delivery point?The customer service delivery point is the location where PG&E's service facilities are connected to either a participant's conductors or other service termination facilities designated and approved by PG&E. Typically, it's where PG&E's electric distribution system physically connects to a customer's electrical system. If your project has more than one service delivery point, an application form must be filled out for each one. For more information, please review PG&E's Electric Rule 16, Section H - Definitions.
- If I am on the waiting list for MASH or NSHP, am I qualified for NEMVNMA?
- I received MASH or NSHP funding and I'm already interconnected under the NEM program. Can I switch to NEMVNMA?Yes. If you are already interconnected under the NEM program and receive MASH or NSHP funding, you are eligible to switch to NEMVNMA. However, you will have to submit the application materials listed above.
Call our Generation Interconnection helpline at 415-972-5676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.