Net Metering vs the Utility Company

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  • Vincent Battaglia MBA
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Solar net metering is under attack by utilities and that’s not good for solar customers, local jobs, or the environment!

Net energy metering, or "NEM", is a special billing arrangement that provides credit to customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for the full retail value of the electricity their system generates. What the utilities (Southern California Edison, Imperial Irrigation District, etc.) are claiming is that solar net metering is unfair to non-solar customers. That non-solar customers are having to pay a larger share for transmission and infrastructure charges. 

How Net Energy Metering Benefits Utility Companies

However, what the utilities are not telling solar customers is that solar power and net metering are actually beneficial for utilities. In fact, according to ProtectNetMetering.org, solar net metering benefits California utilities by $92.2 million per year!

Net metering benefits California utilities through saving on transmission losses, meeting RPS requirements, and investing in transmission and infrastructure. It also creates local jobs, reduces pollution, and makes homeowners less reliant on the utilities’ “dirty” energy.

How You Can Get Involved

Our entire state’s clean energy economy is based on moving forward, not backward, and now is not the time for utilities to obstruct the solar revolution. If you would like to know more on what you can do to have your voice heard, you can sign up for local net metering advocacy organizations such as www.SEIA.org. Click the link below for a video that sheds a very interesting perspective on the matter! Edison Hates Rooftop Solar VIDEO 

If you want to know more about net energy metering or how to get started with solar, contact the Coachella Valley solar installers at Renova Energy!

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