Discover Standard Net Energy Metering
Learn how the program works
Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a net energy metering program for all customers with eligible solar, wind or hybrid generators that are less than or equal to 30 kilowatts in size. Get an overview of our entire net energy metering (NEM) initiative. Download Net Energy Metering (PDF, 173 KB).
Get started with Standard Net Energy Metering
Download the following guides to help you understand the steps and requirements:
You can also get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about NEM. Download Electric Generation Interconnection Standard Net Energy Metering Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 148 KB).
- Complete the agreement and customer authorization form. The form provides important customer, contractor, system and rate information about the project. You can also authorize a contractor or another third party to act on your behalf. The permission allows your contractor to fill out your NEM interconnection application. A permission-to-operate notice is also included.
Download AGREEMENT AND CUSTOMER AUTHORIZATION Net Energy Metering Interconnection For Solar And/or Wind Electric Generating Facilities Of 30 Kilowatts Or Less (PDF, 348 KB).
- Fill out, or have your contractor fill out, the NEM application. Provide your facility information to PG&E to find out if you qualify for the NEM program. The application includes a basic single-line diagram.
Download APPLICATION Net Energy Metering Interconnection For Solar And/Or Wind Electric Generating Facilities Of 30 Kilowatts Or Less (PDF, 344 KB).
- Submit your final building permit and inspection certificate. The submission notifies PG&E that your project is complete and approved by the local building authority.
- Complete all forms for your NEM Aggregation project. The forms are applicable only if you’re applying for NEM Aggregation and you’re eligible.
Read our FAQ for information to help you effectively manage your NEM Aggregation project. Download NEM Aggregation (NEMA) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 232 KB).
Complete the following forms and submit them to PG&E. Download ELECTRIC SAMPLE FORM 79-1153: NEM LOAD AGGREGATION APPENDIX (PDF, 116KB).
- Submit a custom single-line diagram for technical review. View a sample diagram. Download How do I apply?—Single Line Diagram (PDF, 366KB).
- Submit a variance request for your project. You or your contractor can get a variance request from PG&E if your project doesn’t meet the requirements described in the Distribution Interconnection Handbook and Greenbook. Check the Application for Net Energy Metering Interconnection for details on variance requests.
- Provide a copy of the equipment spec sheet for your photovoltaic (PV) module. You must provide the spec sheet if your module is not listed on the Go Solar California approved equipment list. Ensure that the sheet provides the make, model and rating of your PV module.
- Provide a copy of the equipment spec sheet for your inverter module. Provide the spec sheet if your module is not listed on the Go Solar California approved equipment list. Make sure the sheet provides the make, model and rating of your inverter module.
PLEASE NOTE: Generating facilities owned by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) that are seeking Schedule NEMCCSF and participants in the following Demand Response programs are ineligible to participate in the following NEM programs:
- Peak Day Pricing
- Scheduled Load Reduction Program
You must receive written authorization from us before operating any generating facility with PG&E distribution facilities. This standard meets the requirements of Electric Rule 21. Download ELECTRIC RULE NO. 21 GENERATING FACILITY INTERCONNECTIONS (PDF, 7.5 MB).
You may be liable for personal injury, equipment damage or property damage if you operate without authorization.
Submit your documents via email or mail
We prefer email applications to streamline the process and help us respond to requests faster. Email us at: SNEMprocessing@pge.com.
You can also mail paper copies of all appropriate documents via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to:
Attention: Electric Generation Interconnection
Mail Code N7L
245 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
NOTE: PG&E may not be able to interconnect your generator if it is located in certain areas of San Francisco or Oakland. Learn more about our secondary networks. Visit Secondary Networks.
We also provide documentation about renewable energy and Rule 21. Download the following resources: