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  • Net Surplus Electricity Compensation

    PWP electric customers who have a solar PV system and a solar meter (provided by PWP) are eligible to receive compensation for any "net surplus electricity" generated by their system.

    Net surplus electricity is extra solar energy that your home or business doesn’t need or use. This energy feeds back into the City’s power supply.

    To receive compensation, eligible customers must complete PWP’s Net Metering and Surplus Electricity Compensation Enrollment Form. 

    Compensation will be applied as a credit on your electric bill. You can request cash, rather than a bill credit, when the value exceeds $50 or when you close your electric account.

    PWP can calculate your credit annually, monthly (for commercial customers) or bi-monthly (for residential customers.) Monthly/bi-monthly metering is less expensive for PWP, so your incentive rate is higher. 

    Annual Payment Rate     Monthly/Bi-monthly Payment Rate 
     PWP’s average energy charge over

    12 months + 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour renewable energy premium*
     PWP’s energy charge for your regular billing cycle + 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour renewable energy premium* + 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour flat incentive

    *The 2.5-cent renewable energy premium is for customers who own the renewable energy credits associated with their solar PV system (rather than leasing a system whose installer has retained those credits.)
    **Medium and large commercial customers qualify for annual net metering, but they must pay the full amount of their electric service charges monthly.

    If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about net surplus energy compensation, call (626) 744-6970 or email solar@cityofpasadena.net. You can also find more information below:

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Assembly Bill 920 (PDF)-
    "The California Solar Surplus Act of 2009"
    Pasadena City Council Agenda Report on Compensation
    Pasadena Municipal Code for Net Energy Metering: PMC 13.04.177



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