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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.