The California Public Utilites Commission (CPUC) approved Net Metering Aggregation to go live, effective immediately in PG&E’s territory in California. The approval of PG&E’s advice letter and kick off of Net Metering Aggregation is a substantial milestone for California businesses. Commercial and agricultural customers now have an even stronger financial case to go solar.
Through Net Metering Aggregation in California, customers who have multiple electric meters can connect to a single central solar power system rather than building seperate solar power systems for each meter. This allows customers to benefit from economies of scale, reducing the cost of going solar and increasing the payback.
This opportunity is particularly interesting for customers who may have several small to medium sized meters on parcels adjacent to each other for whom the cost of solar seemed too high in the past. This includes agricultural operations, industrial complexes, campuses, and other similar configurations. With CA’s drought many farm operations will have to turn to wells to pump water. This will in turn increase their electricity costs. Through Net Metering Aggregation, these expensive well meters can be offset with one solar power system.
Net Metering Aggregation requires that all the meters being combined for the purposes of solar power meet the following criteria:
- The meters must be operated by the same customer
- The meters must be on land owned, rented, or leased by the customer
- The meters must be either on the same parcels or parcels that are contiguous
- The system limit for Net Metering Aggregation remains 1 MW
One unique aspect of Net Metering Aggregation is that the interconnection process will take center stage for any project utilizing Net Metering Aggregation. SPG Solar has instituted an interconnection program around Net Metering Aggregation to help make this process smoother for customers. To see if you are a good candidate for Net Metering Aggregation contact us today and we will help assess the feasibility.