Solar Billing Plan

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A New California Solar Program Is Here


The Solar Billing Plan (SBP) is a new program for customers who apply for interconnection of an eligible renewable generating system, such as solar or wind, after April 14, 2023. The Solar Billing Plan succeeds the Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2.0 program.

How The Solar Billing Plan Works
 

For customers considering solar and other renewable generation1 at their business, the Solar Billing Plan is designed to help modernize solar rates to promote grid reliability, incentivize solar and battery storage, and help control electricity costs for all Californians. Each month, billing will include charges for energy used from the electric grid, as well as credits for energy exported to the grid.


Charges
 

Non-Residential customers who enroll in Solar Billing Plan will stay on their current rate plan and will be billed for all electricity that they consume. For more information on rate plans, visit sce.com/tariffbooks.


Energy Export Credit (EEC)
 

On the Solar Billing Plan, Energy Export Credits will be applied to the amount of electricity a customer exports to the grid and will reflect the electricity’s value to the electric grid during each hour of the day. Energy Export Credits will be calculated by taking the kilowatt hours generated by the customer’s generating system that are exported hourly to the grid multiplied by the Energy Export Credit prices. These EEC prices will vary hourly throughout the day. Customers who enroll in the Solar Billing Plan in the next five years will have fixed EEC prices for the first nine years of operation. This nine-year period is referred to as the lock-in period.

On April 15, 2023, NEM 2.0 closed to new customers and a new Solar Billing Plan went into effect.

The new Solar Billing Plan has no immediate change or impact on existing NEM accounts. NEM accounts will continue to bill under the current NEM program until the 20-year eligibility period2 expires, or until the account loses eligibility to remain on the NEM program, whichever is earlier. When that occurs, the account will automatically move to the new Solar Billing Plan or the successor rate plan available at the time of transition.

IMPORTANT: Currently, the Solar Billing Plan does not apply to Virtual NEM, including Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH), or NEM Aggregation programs.

  • Existing Virtual NEM and NEM Aggregation customers will remain on their current rate plan and will be eligible to remain on that rate plan for a minimum of 20 years. Customers who submit a valid Interconnection Request under Virtual NEM or NEM Aggregation programs after April 14, 2023, will be eligible to remain on the NEM 2.0 rate for a minimum of 9 years. Allocation changes do not impact the eligibility period.3

For more information, see the Solar Billing Plan FAQs.

NEM 1.0 closed to new customers in 2017.

The new Solar Billing Plan has no immediate change or impact on existing NEM accounts. NEM accounts will continue to bill under the current NEM program until the 20-year eligibility period2 expires, or until the account loses eligibility to remain on the NEM program, whichever is earlier. When that occurs, the account will automatically move to the new Solar Billing Plan or the successor rate plan available at the time of transition.

IMPORTANT: The Solar Billing Plan does not apply to the Virtual NEM programs, including Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) or NEM Aggregation programs.

  • Existing Virtual NEM and NEM Aggregation customers will remain on their current rate plan and will be eligible to remain on that rate plan for a minimum of 20 years. Customers who submit a valid Interconnection Request under Virtual NEM or NEM Aggregation programs after April 14, 2023, will be eligible to remain on the NEM 2.0 rate for a minimum of 9 years. Allocation changes do not impact the eligibility period.3

For more information, see the Solar Billing Plan FAQs.

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Getting Started


There are several things to consider once you make the decision to install your own renewable generator. Learn more about the steps for going solar.

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 Frequently Asked Questions


Whether you want every detail or are seeking specific info, we’ve compiled common questions about the Solar Billing Plan so you can find the answers you need easily and quickly.

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1 Renewable generation includes solar, wind, renewable gas and other technologies that satisfy the CEC Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) qualifications.
2 Eligibility period is the minimum number of years that an account can remain on a program. The eligibility period begins on the account’s PTO date.
3 VNEM customers are allowed to change their benefiting account allocation percentage once.