Learn how Net Energy Metering works
Get paid for surplus energy production
A simple way to understand net energy is this: Energy you produce, minus the energy you consume, equals net energy. PG&E has a special billing program for your solar and renewable energy usage at home: the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program.
Understand how NEM works for your home
The electricity that your renewable system generates serves your home’s energy needs and reduces your monthly electric bill. We automatically supply additional power to your home when needed day or night. When your system generates more electricity than your home can use, the surplus energy exports to our electric grid.
Learn about surplus energy payments
California State Assembly Bill 920 allows PG&E to make payments to NEM customers who generate more electricity than they use over their 12-month billing cycle. The compensation received is called Net Surplus Compensation (NSC). The NSC rate is based on a 12-month average of the market rate for energy. The rate is about three to four cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). As an NEM customer, you are enrolled in this program automatically. If you qualify, the NSC you earn appears on your annual NEM True-up statement. Learn more about NSC. View Getting Credit for Surplus Energy.
PLEASE NOTE: Virtual Net Energy Metering (VNEM) works differently than NEM. VNEM applies when you live in multi-unit housing with a common renewable generating system. Learn about VNEM and how it’s billed. Download Electric Schedule NEMV (PDF, 795 KB).
Our NEM program helps you reduce your monthly electric bill with the energy generated by your own private rooftop solar energy system. A special net meter measures the difference between the amount of electricity your system generates throughout the month and the amount of electricity PG&E supplies. We calculate your bill using this difference, called net energy.
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