Net Energy Metering
On April 15, 2023, NEM 2.0 closed to new customers and a new Solar Billing Plan went into effect. NEM accounts will continue to bill under the current NEM program until the 20-year period expires, or until the account loses eligibility to remain on the NEM program, whichever is earlier.
Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a rate option that allows customers with an eligible renewable generating system to receive a credit for the surplus electricity supplied to the electric grid. This credit is applied to their energy bill to offset all or part of the costs associated with the energy consumed each month.
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Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program Requirements
- Application fees (one time):
- $94 for projects < 1 MW
- $800 for projects > 1 MW
- NEM customers are required to take service on a Time-of-Use rate. Please see the Mandatory Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate Requirement for Residential Customers expansion below for more information.
- Generating system must be sized to the customer’s onsite usage.
- Grandfathering for the current NEM tariff (NEM 2.0) is extended to customers for 20 years. In the event of a new NEM tariff, NEM 2.0 customers are grandfathered to their tariff for 20 years from their PTO date. The 20-year NEM tariff grandfathering does not include grandfathering for your Time-of-Use rate.
- To participate in NEM 2.0, customers must have a compatible meter. SMART meters are compatible. For opt-out customers, other options may be available by region.
Additional NEM Requirements to Know
Accounts with Permission to Operate are typically set up for NEM billing within a few billing cycles and credit(s) for surplus energy supplied to the electric grid will appear on your first NEM bill. If you have experienced any delays that extend past these normal processing times, please contact SCE Customer Service at 866-701-7868 for NEM residential customers or 1-866-701-7869 for NEM business customers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you want every detail or are seeking specific info, we've compiled frequently asked questions about NEM so you can find the answers you need easily and quickly.
If you are a Residential NEM customer that has been impacted by a major disaster, for which a state of emergency has been declared, and you decide to rebuild your NEM system, it may be possible for you to remain on your original NEM tariff and have application fees waived if you meet these requirements:
- You notify us of your intent to rebuild within 2 years from the date the major disaster occurred; AND
- You complete your NEM system rebuild and submit a new NEM application within 4 years from the date the major disaster occurred.
To notify us of your intent to rebuild your NEM system.
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