PLEASE NOTE: On Nov. 10th, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal to modify the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, withdrawing the previous proposal issued in Dec. 2021. The Commission is currently reviewing the proposal. Until the Commission votes to approve any changes to the NEM program, the proposal has no legal effect and could change.

This fact sheet provides additional information on the changes and why they are being proposed.

Produce clean energy for your home

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Follow these steps to get started

Prepare your home

Make your home energy efficient before installing a renewable energy source to maximize your investment. Complete a Home Energy Checkup and receive customized recommendations. Take a free Home Energy Checkup.

Find the right contractor

PG&E can recommend resources and questions to ask when choosing a contractor. Find a contractor.

Do the math

Understand the financial considerations and benefits of investing in renewable energy. Explore leasing versus purchasing options and estimate the size of the system using our solar calculator. Visit Financing Options for Solar and Renewable Energy Systems. Customers interested in solar technology to serve multiple eligible meters, such as a farm owner, may want to learn more about Net Energy Metering Aggregation.

Choose the ideal renewable energy technology for your home


Homes with plenty of rooftop space exposed to the sun with minimal shading for at least six hours a day, ideally from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Solar panels can last more than 25 years. Make sure your roof is no more than seven years old to avoid reinstalling panels a second time.


Homes consuming large amounts of hot water, with plenty of roof space exposed to the sun.

You may need space for a solar storage tank near your existing water heater.


Combining with renewable systems to supplement intermittent energy when needed.

Battery systems require space the size of a large appliance.