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What is Net Energy Metering (NEM)

According to the California Energy Commission, customers who install Distributed Energy Resources which include; small solar, wind, biogas and fuel cell power plants of 1 MW or less in power output - in order to serve all or a portion of onsite electricity needs - are are eligible for that state's net energy metering program or "NEM." 

The net energy metering permits customers with Distributed Energy Resources power generation systems to receive a financial credit for power generated by their onsite system and fed back to the utility.  The credit is then used to offset the customer's electricity bill.  "Net energy metering is an important element of the policy framework supporting direct customer investment in grid-tied distributed renewable energy generation, including customer-sited solar PV systems."


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More about Net Energy Metering

The vast majority of solar PV customer-generators in California have decided to be on a net energy metering utility rate or tariff.  To date, over 40,000 residential and non-residential accounts have opted for the California net energy metering program.

Net energy metering allows allows for the customer to size their Distributed Energy Resources power generation system to meet their annual load instead of the peak demand. This allows for a slightly smaller renewable energy system to meet the load than would otherwise be required because of seasonal variation in both the demand for electricity and the solar resource itself.

Net energy metering also reduces those concerns relating to short-term fluctuations in power generation. Solar PV power generation is relatively predictable on an annual basis, however there is a significant variability, even on an hourly basis, due to passing clouds, inclement weather or other fluctuations in the available solar resource affect the actual output of the solar system.

As customer's load varies, at any given moment it is very difficult to determine if a solar PV power generation system will be serving onsite load or exporting energy to the grid.  Net energy metering means that the load and generation do not have to be precisely coincident to return value to the customer. 

In California, net energy metering has proven to be a long term, predictable benefit that is tied to market value (bundled retail rates) for the customer, improving the financial viability of investments in Distributed Energy ResourcesDistributed Energy Resources such as Solar PV systems have had rather large and significant first-costs and any rebates that may have been available as well as capacity based incentives, only covered a small portion of that cost.  Net energy metering allows customers to receive the "fully bundled" retail rate for self-generation which offsets load (coincident or non-coincident) and may be expanded to cover "net excess generation."  This would then provide significantly higher incentives than would be provided by exported energy valued at the utility's "avoided cost" electric tariff rate, which may only be one-half of the normal retail electric tariff rate.

Net energy metering rates are normally available for the life of the system.

Net energy metering program rules and regulations allow California regulators and utilities to provide transparent, simplified and expedited interconnection procedures for small customers. Net energy metering systems in California are primarily intended to offset onsite load, mitigating to some extent the impact on the Transmission and Distribution system, allowing for simplified interconnection procedures.

Net energy metering is particularly useful for encouraging interconnection of small to medium sized PV systems, which represent a significant resource in California, as well as the rest of the country and therefore, an excellent "companion policy" for more traditional procurement.

Most net energy metering projects pay little to no charges to interconnect with the electric utility grid in California. Net energy metering customers, however, do pay certain non-by-passable charges including the Department of Water Resources surcharge and the Public Goods Charge (also a non-by-passable surcharge which funds public goods research, development and demonstration, energy efficiency activities, and low income assistance programs) but is based on the "net" - not the gross consumption of the customer.


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Absorption Chillers  *  Battery Energy Storage  *  CHP Systems  *  Cogeneration  Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed PV  Net Zero Energy  Micro-Grid  *  Pollution Free Power  *  Rooftop PV  *  Solar Cogeneration

Solar Thermal Systems  *  Solar Trigeneration  *  Trigeneration  *  Waste Heat Recovery

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About us:

The founder of the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) was first involved in Net Zero Energy buildings and Solar Trigeneration sm energy system in 2001 - 2002.  This started with family-owned real estate developments in Northern and Southern California.  This interest was accelerated when REI's founder was introduced to the President of a solar company in Los Angeles and their client, the Audubon Nature Center at Deb's Park (Los Angeles) that was planning to build a new 5,000 sf office and conference center. Except, the new building for the Audubon Nature Center was about 1/2 mile from the end of the power lines and a very costly extension of the power lines to their new facility forced them to consider a solar solution. When the Audubon Nature Center's new 5,000 sf office and conference center was completed in 2003, the facility not only featured the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - they were awarded one of the first Platinum LEED Awards by the USGBC - and the powerlines were still 1/2 mile away! To this day, 100% of the power and energy for the Audubon Nature Center's building is supplied by the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - whether at 12 noon, or 12 midnite.  (The Audubon's facility also includes a battery energy storage system for back-up power generated by the Rooftop PV panels as well as a thermal energy storage system that stores the excess hot water generated by the evacuated tube collectors).

These early projects led to more client inquiries and engagements with real estate developers, architects and building owners in Southern California, Louisiana and Texas and the advent of a growing Net Zero Energy industry along with Solar Cogeneration sm  & Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems. This culminated in a family-owned 200 (Net Zero Energy) home real estate development in Desert Hot Springs which has been approved but not yet constructed. 

During this time, the REI's Founder became a volunteer and Advisor to the University of Texas' Solar Decathlon Competition. He coordinated the donation of the same solar thermal system used at the Audubon Nature Center's facility in Los Angeles, for UT's entry in the 2002 Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington, D.C.  UT's entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition placed 1st in the domestic hot water competition that year (2002) and 4th overall, out of 20 universities that had entered. 

In 2006, after Hurricane Kattrina devastated New Orleans, the REI was formed and several of the REI's board members and a Professor from the University of Texas School of Architecture formed a design team to enter the Brad Pitt/Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition.  Our entry also focused on sustainable building solutions and materials as well as the Net Zero Energy concepts, incorporating once again, a Solar Trigeneration sm energy system. 

Today, the REI "Flagship" has chartered the Renewable Energy Institute in Florida, with discussions to open REI state chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon. 

The REI supports greater use of Net Zero Energy systems by architects, builders, homeowners and owners of commercial buildings. This includes "upgrading" homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy.  The REI provides Net Zero Energy; advertising, business development, conferences, e-commerce, education, marketing, online marketing, public relations, renewable energy, sales and strategic marketing solutions for architects, builders, cities, colleges, HVAC contractors, Net Zero Energy developers, real estate developers and universities.

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