Virtual Net Energy Metering (NEMV)

There are various types of Virtual Net Energy Metering programs, including:

  • Standard NEM2V,
  • NEM2VMSH that works with the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) incentive program and the New Solar Homes Partnership incentive program; and
  • NEM2VSOM that works with the SOMAH incentive.

This page is focused on standard NEM2V.

NEM2V allows a "Property" with multiple accounts (Service Agreement IDs) that are individually metered to use the output from a renewable generator (e.g. solar panels) account to provide credits to offset the consumption and charges on other benefiting accounts, which are serving a tenant or common area with no other generating facility interconnected with PG&E on that account. The generation account meter monitors the amount of total solar generation and should have no load other than that required by the renewable generator. The benefitting accounts are allocated based on a percentage of the solar-generated electricity as predetermined by the property owner or manager.

A Property is defined as:

A cluster of multi-tenant and multi-meter buildings, facilities or structures that are under the control of a single Owner or Operator built to serve a common function, such as a housing complex or a multi-tenant complex, on an integral parcel of land undivided, unless the division is a street, highway, or similar public thoroughfare, which is permissible provided no other unrelated Single Enterprises (defined as a separate business or other individual activity carried on by a customer but does not apply to associations or combinations of customers) break up the otherwise integral parcel and cluster of multi-tenant and multi-meter buildings, facilities or structures.


Criteria for NEM2V includes:

  • The generator needs to be sized to produce not more than the total annual energy consumption (kWh's) of all benefitting accounts.
  • All benefiting meters must be on the same property as the renewable generating meter.
  • The building must have service through PG&E, a CCA or an ESP.
  • A customer can only have one generating account.
  • The benefiting meter must not participate in another net energy metering program or the RES-BCT program.
  • The generator has no load other than the renewable generating system.
  • The Generating account and all the benefitting accounts have to be on an applicable TOU rate.