Annual Compensation for Excess Generation
- I moved into a house that has a solar system. How do I enroll in the program?
Most customers who move into homes with previously interconnected solar PV systems are automatically enrolled in SDG&E's NEM program and are therefore eligible for this program. If your PV system is larger than 30 kW, additional steps may be required to enroll in the NEM program.
- What if my solar system is owned by a third party?
If you are a NEM customer you will still be eligible to receive payment for any excess generation. However, if you have relinquished ownership of your Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to your system’s third party owner, you would only be paid for the wholesale value of the excess generation and not for the renewable component of the compensation program. This is because payment for excess generation under this program is comprised of two components; the value of actual electricity generated and the value of the renewable attributes of this electricity.
- What if I own the system and the renewable attributes as well? Will SDG&E pay me for both components?
The Commission has placed a hold on any payments for Renewable Energy Credits (REC) until the California Energy Commission has set up a process to verify and track these attributes. Once this process is in place, SDG&E should be allowed to make an additional payment to you in exchange for the REC value of your excess kWh.
- Can I take advantage of this program if I am a Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing / New Solar Housing Partnership low income or Expanded Virtual Net Metering customer?
Yes. Each SDG&E electric account owner, whether a tenant unit or common area, which is under our NEM Virtual Net Metering or Expanded Virtual Net Metering programs are eligible for this payment. If the electricity (kWh) allocated to your account over your true-up year exceeds your usage, you will be eligible to receive payment.
- I own more than one net energy metered property, does this program affect just me as the property owner or each property I own?
Each NEM account is treated separately and you cannot combine accounts. Also, you must be the SDG&E customer of record to participate in the NEM program.
- What happens if I sold my house and moved out of an area served by SDG&E before my 2011 true-up? Will I still receive partial payment?
The legislation does not make a provision for pre-2011 payment. If you move prior to January 1, 2011 your account would be trued-up under the pre-AB 920 program rules and you would not receive payment for any excess electricity you exported up to that time.
- What happens if I sell my house and move out of an area served by SDG&E after the 2011 true-up? Will I still be paid for the time that I had excess generation?
Should you close your SDG&E electric account starting in 2011, your account will be trued-up, just like any other true-up, under the new program and you will be eligible to receive any payment due, should you have excess generation.
- I am a direct access customer – can I take advantage of this program?
You are not eligible for this program. You will need to contact your energy service provider or community choice aggregator directly for information about programs they offer.
- Does this affect all electric utilities in California or just SDG&E?
All investor owned utilities in California are required to provide this program.
- What are RECs? Will I be able to receive payment for my RECs?
REC stands for Renewable Energy Credits and represents the renewable attributes of your solar or wind energy generation. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has been charged with setting up a process for verifying and tracking these RECs. Once the REC program is in place, you may be able to receive a subsequent payment, in addition to the payment you receive for any excess generation, based on the value of your RECs.