Learn about the Standard Net Energy Metering process and requirements
Access Net Energy Metering documentation and apply online
Solar, wind or hybrid renewable energy projects that are sized to 30 kilowatts (kW) or less require a Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) Interconnection Agreement with PG&E. Our team can help ensure your project has a successful, safe and reliable interconnection to the grid.
Apply easily with our online interconnection tool
Our online tool can help you complete the latest documents that are required for interconnection. In addition, the tool can help you:
- Get faster approval time.
- Save time by auto-filling your information from the service agreement and meter ID input.
- Perform a PG&E network capacity check.
- View applicable rate schedule options and an approved equipment listing from drop-down menus.
- Avoid submission errors with built-in validation.
Interconnection Tool—Apply Online
Applying for Standard NEM-Required Documentation
Complete the two required steps using the online interconnection tool.
- Step 1: Complete the Agreement and Customer Authorization (A&A) form. It must be signed and submitted before continuing to Step 2.
- Step 2: Complete the Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) Interconnection Application.
Alternatively, Apply Using PDF Download
Alternatively, you can download and complete the fillable PDF forms with your computer. Once complete, upload the completed PDFs into PG&Es web portal for validation and choose a signature option:
- Use the PG&E DocuSign electronic signature functionality and route it electronically to the customer.
- Upload a wet signature or your own electronic signature by an authorized party. (Please note, if you are uploading a document, it must include the full 5 pages of the agreement). Both signature paths can be submitted using PG&E’s online interconnection tool.
Supplementary documentation, if applicable
- Custom single-line diagram (SLD)
The diagram is only necessary if the SLD generated by the PG&E online interconnection tool does not correctly represent the interconnection.
- Variance request
This is required only if the project is unable to meet the requirements described in the Distribution Interconnection Handbook and Greenbook.
- Photovoltaic and/or inverter module equipment spec sheet
The spec sheet is required only if the equipment is not listed on the GoSolarCalifornia.com list of approved equipment. For inverters not on the list, please provide a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) document to demonstrate UL1741 certification.
How long does the process take?
- Timeline: Once PG&E receives the completed documentation from a contractor, it typically takes five to 10 business days (maximum of 30 business days) for a project to receive permission to operate.
- Please include both the contractor and customer email addresses on the application to receive faster approval by email.
Important Note: In a few cases, PG&E's engineering system review may determine that additional system upgrades are necessary to support the renewable system. These upgrades may incur a cost and add additional time to the project timeline.
Obtain authorization to represent a customer
- On the A&A form, the customer of record has the option to authorize PG&E to release his/her account information to the contractor listed on the agreement. The information given is limited to kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage, operational characteristics and other details related to the customer's Generating Facility Interconnection Application.
- By obtaining the customer's signature, the contractor is also authorized to submit the Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) Interconnection Application (Form 79-1151B-02) on the customer's behalf and receive copies of the executed Interconnection Agreement and the Permission to Operate (PTO) Letter, once issued.
- PG&E recommends including the customer's email address on the application to receive faster approval by email.
Which customers are not eligible for Standard NEM interconnection?
In a few cases, a customer may not be eligible for a Standard NEM interconnection. Please make sure that none of the following apply to your project:
- Demand Response programs
Customers participating in SmartRate™ or the Scheduled Load Reduction Program (SLRP) are not eligible to participate in NEM. Contact the Solar Customer Service Center at 877-743-4112 for assistance.
- Generating facilities owned by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF)
CCSF-owned generating facilities seeking schedule Net Energy Metering Service for City and County of San Francisco (NEMCCSF) are not eligible to participate in NEM.
- Wholesale Customers
Customers who receive their electricity from a wholesale provider and not from PG&E are not eligible for NEM.
- Residential Time-of-Use Pilot Project
Customers participating in the Residential Time-of-Use Pilot project (Customers on electric rate ETOUP1, ETOUP2, or ETOUP3) are not eligible for NEM. Customers on these rates will be removed from the Pilot via the interconnection process.
- Secondary Network Areas in San Francisco and Oakland
Secondary Network Areas (PDF, 145 KB) are in place in certain locations within San Francisco and Oakland to provide heightened levels of reliability in densely populated areas. They can affect a customer’s eligibility to participate in NEM. Contact Rule21Gen@pge.com for projects in the following ZIP codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94111, 94133, 94607 and 94612.
- Energy Service Provider (ESP) other than PG&E: Direct Access and Community Choice
- Direct Access Customers who receive their energy under a Direct Access program and have an Energy Service Provider (ESP) should contact their ESP directly regarding the availability of NEM programs.
- Customers who receive their energy under a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program are eligible for the NEM program. CCA customers get a credit for the non-generation portion of rates from PG&E, and the CCA may provide a generation credit. NEM programs offered by CCA’s vary, including generation credit amounts and when the true-up occurs. NEM CCA customers should contact their CCA provider for the details of their program and how it works.
- Where CCA’s and ESP’s have their own NEM programs they still must go through PG&E’s interconnection process and receive permission to operate their generating facility from PG&E.
Check network capacity
Generating facility information you enter on the Agreement and Customer Authorization form and the Standard Net Energy Metering Interconnection Application will be used to identify whether a further engineering review is needed or if system upgrades, such as replacing a transformer, may be required. The PG&E online interconnection tool will perform this check automatically by utilizing the Electric Rule 21 Engineering Decision Tree (PDF, 116 KB) and AC Disconnect & Variance Requirements (PDF, 47 KB).
Green Meter Adapter Option
Beginning January 15, 2018, qualified residential customers installing generating facilities may opt to utilize the Green Meter Adapter (GMA) to simplify the interconnection process. The GMA is an alternative to upgrading an electric panel and service which may save time and additional cost.
For details on this new option, please read TD-7001B-007: Green Meter Adapter (GMA) for Customer Generation (PDF, 1.3 MB).
High-level Eligibility (see full eligibility requirements in link above)
- Generating Facility(ies)
- Gross Inverter Nameplate: Less than or equal to 14 KW
- 120/240 volts
- Less than or equal to 60 amps
- No existing generation on site
- Customer service type
- Self-contained electric meter panel
- Meter panel is rated less than or equal to 125 amp (as determined by PG&E)
- Single phase 120/240 volt service
- Customer main breaker and meter socket
- Main breaker and meter socket is contained in the same electric panel
- GMA is not allowed on individual meter sockets or meter panels without service disconnects
- All PG&E Greenbook Gas and Electric meter clearances are met
- Application Process
- Documentation is submitted during Step 2 of the Standard NEM Portal (select Line Side Tap)
- Once approved, customer must enter into a Special Facilities Agreement with PG&E and submit a one-time payment estimated at $1,047. This payment amount is for the GMA, the installation of the GMA, and any future maintenance or replacement that may be required. NOTE: This amount may be subject to change.