Net Energy Metering 2.0 – Successor to the Net Energy Metering Tariff

What is Net Energy Metering? Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a billing arrangement, or “tariff,” established pursuant to Public Utilities Code § 2827 that allows customer-generators to install and utilize an on-site power generation system to serve a portion of their energy needs, and to receive compensation for any excess generation exported to the utility grid. The current NEM […]

Net Energy Metering In Action

This chart illustrates solar Net Energy Metering (NEM) in action, with power generated by solar panels on my roof actually generating 100% of my energy demand. As our days are getting longer, my solar ROI is getting shorter.

Solar ROI – My 4 to 6 Year Solar Return On Investment

I first wrote this post on the evening of December 25, 2015. That day my own rooftop solar system produced 32.11 kWh of energy, suggesting a 4 to 6 year solar ROI. Merry Christmas! Now, after a full week of solar energy production, my solar enthusiasm has continued. My own home’s solar energy system was installed […]

Electric Rates at SDG&E Up Near 500% 2001 to 2015

The past 15 years has seen close to a 500% increase in electric rates in San Diego, a trend that is likely to continue. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) electric rates feature a tiered structure where the more energy is consumed by a customer, the higher the cost. Over the past 15 years from […]

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Solar Energy Financing

PACE Makes Solar Energy Affordable An extremely popular means of funding the investment in solar energy is the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Actually there are several PACE programs available to homeowners in California. The programs help reduce the upfront costs associated with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. The key is that these […]