After years of working through the legislative process, SB 594 has finally been fully implemented allowing meter aggregation for solar energy projects. Under this new program, businesses with multiple meters no longer require separate solar systems for each meter. Instead, they can now install just one large solar system that will produce credits that can then be applied to other meters.
- One central solar system installed in the most suitable location: on the roof, over the bone yard, or on that site that's under-producing.
- Flexible allocation of kWh produced: As a grower, things change year to year: water allocations, type of crop, the weather, etc. With aggregated net metering, the percentage of usage applied to each meter can be adjusted often.
- Rate schedule lock: The CPUC decided that solar installations completed prior to July 1, 2017 (or sooner if the 5% NEM cap is met) will be allotted a 20 year lock on their current rate schedule.
- Efficient capital investment with one large solar installation.
- Your meters must be on property that is contiguous and can be owned or leased by the same person.
- Roads, freeways, and railroad tracks do not divide your property from being contiguous.
- One megawatt cap.
- Rate schedules can still be selected for each individual meter.
- Use it or lose it. With aggregated net metering you do not want to produce more than you use. The unused credits do not carry over to the next year.
Examples of commercial operations that can benefit from installing solar with meter aggregation are:
- Packing House
- Office Complex
- Golf Course
With the ongoing healthy tax credit and depreciation available for new commercial solar installations, aggregated net metering significantly boosts the reasons to go solar.