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CPUC Expands Virtual Net Metering
Virtual Net Metering is the process by which a single PV system owner can allocate his or her system's output as credits to other tenant meters, allowing a single system to power multiple residences or business. This metering option was currently available only for affordable multifamily projects, and will soon be available for the general market.
Bill AB 920 to Offer Compensation Option for Net-Metered Generators
Bill AB 920 will provide a compensation option to the basic NEM program for "net generators," i.e. customers who import more electricity to the grid than they export from the grid, based on a customer's 12-month annual billing cycle. The program was supposed to start Jan 1, 2011 but has been delayed until late 2012.
CSI Solar Thermal Program Under Way
Under the $350 million program called CSI-Thermal, gas and electric customers of PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, and Southern California Edison Gas (SoCalGas) are be eligible to receive a rebate for installing qualified solar water heating systems.
Legislature Passes Bill to Raise Solar Net Metering Cap
The California legislature passed AB 510, raising the cap on net energy metering (NEM) from 2.5% of utilities' peak demand to 5%, thereby doubling the number of potential solar customers that can take advantage of this special billing arrangement.