Solar or wind generation, for a single property
Sonoma Clean Power supports onsite renewable electricity generation system with our NetGreen Program.
What is ?
NetGreen is Sonoma Clean Power’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program that allows customers to make their meter “spin backward” and offset their electrical usage by installing a generating system (e.g. a solar system on the roof or a wind turbine). Sonoma Clean Power’s program has unique benefits to incentivize more local renewable power.
NetGreen works by crediting the amount of electricity produced by the generation system and sent to the grid compared to how much electricity was consumed from the grid. Every month, Sonoma Clean Power looks to see how much overall net consumption or net production occurred.
If the system produces more electricity than is consumed, SCP gives dollar credits based on the retail price
of electricity when the production happened. As a bonus for producing clean, local electricity, SCP gives an additional 1¢ for every kWh* produced. These credits are banked to help pay for any consumption that may occur over the course of the year.
If more electricity was consumed than produced, SCP charges based on the price of electricity when the consumption happened.
When this occurs, SCP will first apply any credits that are banked. If the amount charged is greater than the credit balance, SCP will bill for the remainder.
In May, SCP conducts an Annual Cash-Out process. If an account has $100 or more in credits, SCP will send a check for the entire amount up to $5,000! It is automatic – no applications needed. If, however, the account has less than $100 in credits the credits simply rollover to the next year. Note, credits in excess of $5,000 are forfeited.
Please note: PG&E will track any charges or credits associated with delivery (also known as transmission and distribution). The annual true-up process with PG&E will remain the same.
Current PG&E customers: When customers switch to SCP, PG&E triggers a true-up on the account at the time when the switch happens. Normal terms and conditions of PG&E’s true-up process apply.
*A kWh (kilowatt hour) is the standard measure of electricity
NetGreen customers enjoy unique benefits for producing clean, local electricity including:
- Excess electricity produced is credited at the retail value plus $0.01/kWh
- Credits are banked to help cover any SCP generation charges throughout the year
- Automatic, annual cash-out occurs of any unused credits if the balance exceeds $100, up to $5,000* (occurs every May)
*Credits over $5,000 are forfeited and reset to zero annually.
There are some key differences between SCP’s NetGreen program and PG&E’s Net Energy Metering program.
The process of installing solar is the same across both programs. Typically a solar installer/contractor evaluates the site, designs and installs the system, including working with PG&E to connect the system to the distribution grid.
Sonoma Clean Power encourages customers interested in solar to get multiple evaluations and quotes. A few local resources include:
- Find a local contractor: contact Solar Sonoma County at (707) 654-4350 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compare contractor bids: contact the Energy Independence Office at (707) 565-6470 or email@example.com
- Learn about financing options: contact the Energy Independence Office at (707) 565-6470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By signing up for EverGreen, SCP’s optional premium service, all of a customer’s electricity use is comes from 100% renewable and local sources, even when their solar system isn’t producing electricity.
EverGreen carries a premium of $0.025/kWh which is charged any time there is any net consumption of electricity. This means that if:
- A customer is on a flat rate (price remains consistent regardless of time of day) like E-1, the EverGreen premium will be charged to all net energy consumed, or
- A customer is on a Time-of-Use rate (price varies based on time of day) like E-6, the EverGreen premium will be charged to all net energy consumed during any time-of-use period (Peak, Part-Peak, Off-Peak).
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