Net Metering Update

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved our grandfathering proposal that will place eligible net metering customers on previous net metering rules and rates for 20 years.

September 16, 2016

NV Energy will be reaching out directly to our customers who are eligible for grandfathering in the next few weeks to provide information as to what, if any, next steps they need to take regarding either their installed system or application.

Following is a statement on today's decision from Paul Caudill, NV Energy President and CEO:

"The grandfathering tariff NV Energy filed in July 2016 was the most efficient and timely way to implement Governor Sandoval's New Energy Industry Taskforce recommendation to grandfather the existing net metering customers in question. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's decision today is fair for this set of existing net metering customers, and at the same time reinforces the clear path forward they established in February 2016 for those considering rooftop solar in the future. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Commission regulatory operations staff, the consumer advocate, and SolarCity for joining NV Energy in this settlement agreement, which expedites the process on behalf of our customers."

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I know if I am eligible for grandfathered net metering rules and rates?

    NV Energy sent a letter on September 30, 2016 to all eligible customers notifying them of their status. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to be grandfathered, please call the RenewableGenerations program at 866-786-3823.

  • If my net metering system is already installed and interconnected to NV Energy's system, do I need to notify NV Energy that I want the grandfathered net metering rules and rates?

    No. Your system will automatically be moved to the grandfathered rules and rates (Schedule NMR-G) beginning on the first full billing cycle after December 1, 2016. As part of Schedule NMR-G, you will receive the net metering rules and rates that existed prior to January 2016 until November 30, 2036.

  • When will the grandfathered net metering rules and rates go into effect?

    Rates for grandfathered customers will begin the first full billing period beginning December 1, 2016. Consumption starting the first full billing period in December will receive the grandfathered rates.

  • If my home system is grandfathered, does that mean I am grandfathered no matter where I live? 

    No, the net metered system at its original location (premise) is eligible for the grandfathered rules and rates, not the individual. If you move out of your residence during the 20 year period, the future resident at that address will have the opportunity to continue on the grandfathered rules and rates.

  • How do I opt in to grandfathered net metering rules and rates if I have not yet installed my solar PV system? 

    You will receive a letter from NV Energy that will explain the process. This letter will be sent to eligible customers on or before November 14, 2016.

  • Is there a different opt-in process if I have already installed but not interconnected my solar PV system?

    The opt-in process is the same.  Your system cannot produce energy until a net meter has been set.  We refer to this as being "interconnected" to NV Energy's system.  Therefore, if you have an installed system, but did not complete the interconnection, you will still need to opt-it to indicate that you would like to proceed forward with installing your net meter.

  • Can I increase the size (generating capacity) of my solar PV system now that grandfathering is in effect? 

    No. To receive the grandfathered rules and rates, your system size cannot be increased.

  • What will happen to my RenewableGenerations incentive now that I am grandfathered?  

    Your incentive reservation will not change.  The PUCN allowed those reservations to be extended until February 28, 2018.  You will have until that date to complete installation and notify NV Energy that you are ready to interconnect the system.  All other program rules for RenewableGenerations still apply.  For more information, please go to https://www.nvenergy.com/renewablesenvironment/renewablegenerations/index.cfm.

  • Do I get to keep my customer-owned portfolio energy credits (PECs) if I opt in to grandfathering?

    Yes, you can continue to own your portfolio energy credits (PECs), as PECs are not associated with rates.  If you received an incentive through the RenewableGenerations program, the PECs generated by your system are owned by NV Energy.  The ownership of the PECs will not change if you opt in to grandfathered rates.

  • My application has expired, but it was active on December 31, 2015. What do I have to do to be grandfathered?

    NV Energy will send you a letter explaining how to opt in to grandfathering.  This letter will be sent to you on or before November 14, 2016.

  • What are the deadlines for opting in and for installing my system?

    The opt-in period will be from November 21, 2016 to February 28, 2017.  If you elect to opt-in, you will have until February 28, 2018 to complete the installation of your system. Also, if you chose to apply for an incentive through the RenewableGenerations program on your net metering application, that incentive reservation will also be extended until February 28, 2018.

  • Can I choose a new contractor to finish my system installation, and will this affect my grandfathering status?

    Yes, you can choose a new contractor, but you will need to refer to the details of your installation or leasing contract to know exactly what your contract allows. Changing your contractor will not affect your ability to opt in to grandfathering or be eligible for the RenewableGenerations incentive, but you will still need to comply with the opt-in deadline and installation deadline.  If you elect to change contractors, please call RenewableGenerations at 866-786-3823 to coordinate the switch.

  • Can I choose a new solar PV contractor if my contractor is out of business?

    Yes, under the tariff you can choose a new contractor. However, you will need to refer to the details of your installation or leasing contract to know exactly what your contract allows.  Changing your contractor will not affect your ability to opt in to grandfathering or be eligible for the RenewableGenerations incentive, but you will still need to comply with the opt-in deadline and installation deadline.  If you elect to change contractors, please call the RenewableGenerations program at 866-786-3823 to coordinate the switch.

  • Where can I find a contractor to install my solar PV system?

    NV Energy cannot recommend contractors, but you can find tips for choosing a contractor for a solar PV system on the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada website.

  • If I originally had an application for an incentive but moved to an application with no incentive, can I switch back and get an incentive again and also be grandfathered?

    If your active application on December 31, 2015 was for the non-incentivized process, then you must remain in the non-incentivized process.  You will still be eligible for grandfathering.

  • What will my grandfathered rates be?

    The grandfathered rules and rates is the rate structure that was in place prior to January 1, 2016 for net metering customers.  Under this structure, you will be billed at the same rates as those customers in the otherwise applicable class.  Energy that is produced but not consumed at the premise will be tracked as an energy credit that can be used to offset future usage.

  • Will the grandfathered rates be retroactive to January 2016?

    The approved tariff has no provision for providing any retroactive accounting for excess generation for January through December 2016.

  • If I am renting a house that is grandfathered for the rates, can I opt in?

    Yes, the customer of record on the electric bill can opt in.

  • Can I move my solar panels to a new home and opt in to the grandfathered rates?

    No, only the home at the original address when the application was submitted is eligible for grandfathering.  You can still install panels at your new home, and that system would be billed under the net metering rules and rates that were effective after January 1, 2016.

  • If I move away from the house with grandfathered rates, do the next residents also get grandfathered rates?

    Yes, the grandfathered rate remains with the solar PV system at the original location.  The next residents, if they elect to net meter, will also enjoy the grandfathered rates for the remainder of the 20 year period.

  • Do grandfathered rates apply to net metered wind and hydro systems as well?

    Yes.  The same grandfathered rules and rates would apply.  The notification, transfer, and opt-in processes would be the same for solar, wind, and hydro net metered customers.