How Southern California Edison Net Energy Metering Makes Solar More Affordable

Southern California Edison net energy metering is one of the most successful green incentives within the solar industry.  The program continues to increase ROIs, shorten payback periods, and make solar installation more affordable for countless homeowners and businesses around the world. Nowhere is the incentive’s success more apparent than in California – one of the fastest growing solar markets on the planet.  Working with other utilities across the state, Southern California Edison net energy metering program has helped countless thousands embrace clean and cheap electricity.

But what is the Southern California Edison net energy metering program, and how does it work?

Under this solar incentive:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) system owners are allowed to sell their excess electricity back to the utility at market rates (during the day when prices are at their highest).
  •  These same solar customers can buy back the energy they need at night (when their panels stop working and utility rates go down).

At the end of every billing cycle, solar customers are only responsible for the “net” difference in energy sold and bought.  This means it’s possible to receive $0 utility bills at the end of every month (minus taxes and fees).

Some lucky Los Angeles residents even receive negative electricity bills – i.e. the local utility company owes them credits.

Benefits of the Southern California Edison Net Energy Metering Program

Even in the absence of net metering, solar energy is an attractive investment that pays guaranteed dividends for decades.  Once installed, your solar panels dramatically reduce your reliance on grid electricity, thus, saving you money every month.

But with SCE net energy metering, those savings become greatly amplified.  In fact, many homeowners must explore creative ways of using up all the utility credits they accumulate:

  • Some use their excess electricity and credits to charge electric vehicles (EVs).  In fact, nearly 40% of all EV owners in California have solar installed on their properties.
  • Others decide to replace gas appliances with electric ones (i.e. furnaces and stoves).
  • And still others sell their credits on the open Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) market and generate positive cash flow from their solar investments.

Net energy metering also removes the need for on-site battery storage.

Obviously, solar panels don’t work once the sun goes down.  But remember that you’re able to buy back whatever electricity you need at night.  The most common regions are Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura.

Do Your Solar Panels Qualify for Southern California Net Energy Metering Program? 

The Southern California Edison net energy metering program is 100% free – but it’s not automatic.  You have to enroll before you can sell excess clean electricity.

Equally important, your solar PV system must be connected to the grid by licensed contractors.  This is why we generally recommend against DIY solar installations.  Home solar kits may appear to be cheaper, but they’re actually more expensive in the long run.

Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the net metering program on your own. As part of our comprehensive installation services, we take care of all the paperwork and applications on your behalf.  And because our NABCEP-certified team is licensed to operate within Southern California, each installation performed by SavOn Solar satisfies all state net metering requirements.

To learn more about Southern California Edison net energy metering program or to begin exploring your solar options, contact us today for a free consultation.

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