The City's NEM A-2 Program allows you to benefit from your renewable energy investments by saving you money on your electric bill. All permits and applications to install renewable energy will be processed under the NEM A-2 Program, including installation on new construction. Rooftop solar is the most common way for customers to invest in renewable energy generation on their property. Customer-Generators may install systems no larger than 100% of the last 12-months of energy use recorded by the City's electric meter. Customer-Generators with less than 12-months of energy use may install a system up to 2 Watts-DC per square foot of permitted livable space of record.
The City is accepting applications under its NEM A-2 Program where Customer-Generators (C-G) can benefit from producing their own electricity with distributed generation equipment, such as rooftop solar. The C-G is responsible for the City's cost to purchase and install an electric meter that satisfies the technical requirements of the NEM A-2 program. The City will determine if a meter replacement is required after a NEM A-2 application is received. If the existing meter satisfies the technical requirements, no meter-related charges will apply. The meter must be capable of measuring the C-G’s kWh consumption from the City's electric grid, and in the event the energy generated by the equipment exceeds the energy consumed, measuring the kWh that the City receives back to the electric grid from the C-G’s equipment. All energy (kWh) delivered and received after the C-G serves its own instantaneous load with its equipment shall be measured by the multi-register meter. When you consume what you produce, you avoid paying retail electric rates. When you produce more than you need, the City will compensate you at the Net Surplus Compensation Rate for any energy received, and when you produce too little, the City will apply retail rates for the energy delivered to you based on applicable rates and rate structures. This is illustrated in this example. All billing is conducted and settled on a monthly basis. Additional information can be found in this question & answer document.
NEM Program Documents
If the NEM Program sounds interesting, here are some important documents that explain how everything works. If you have questions, you may email the City at COSLSolar@CityofShastaLake.org.
There are other factors to consider beside your energy bill.
- Please consider consulting with a financial and/or tax adviser, especially to discuss whether you will qualify for Federal tax credit(s).
- We recommend you explore energy efficiency improvements before you make this major investment. If you can reduce your energy usage before you buy, you may not need as big of a generation system. The City can assist with a free energy audit if you call 1-855-516-2105.
- Solar can be an important long-term investment, so please consider the age of your roof. If it's over 7 years old, you may want to do additional research.
- Shop around. In general, it's good to get multiple bids to see if you're getting a competitive price.
Ready to go forward with solar? Please provide the following documents. Any documents that are not filled out correctly, accurately, or are not signed by those who are on the electric account are not acceptable and will be delayed in processing.
- Work with your contractor to fill out the Electric Solar Application packet (links below) and the Building Permit Application - Solar.
- The Electric Solar Application packet has 3 forms and must include a W-9. Please complete, sign, and date all forms. Please note, the City requires original signatures in blue or black ink. No digital signatures, e-signatures, or photocopies will be accepted.
- Your contractor should submit both sets of documents, including all supporting material, to the City's Development Services department. If you or your contractor have any questions about the Electric Solar Application, please email COSLSolar@CityofShastaLake.org.
- Please be sure to remit all applicable fees when submitting the paperwork noted above. Consult with your contractor and review the application checklist on page 2 of the "Application Overview."
- Please be sure to include the CSI Standard Solar Calculator output report. The Electric Department cannot process any requests without it. If you are installing multiple arrays (e.g., panels facing different directions), then you must prepare one CSI page per array and include all copies with the packet.
- Allow the City Electric Department 30 days to perform its initial review of your application. If we have any questions or see any issues, Electric Department staff will get in touch with the Contractor's point of contact listed on Form B directly.
- Applications that include any energy storage equipment must be reviewed by Shasta Lake Fire Protection District and may require additional time to complete the review process.
- Applications received on or after November 18, 2019 may not be processed in time to allow time for construction and project completion before the end of the year.
- Correction Process, if needed.
- Form B may be subject to changes and corrections, depending on the Electric Department's review. Any required corrections will be provided, if applicable, to the Contractor's point of contact identified on Form B.
- Customer-Generator and/or Contractor are responsible for making the changes identified by the Electric Department at C-G and/or Contractor's sole cost and expense.
- Once the application is deemed valid, Form B will be marked "Final" and dated by the Electric Department. An electronic copy of the final / approved system specifications will be provided to the Contractor's point of contact listed on Form B.
- A building permit will be available upon receipt of a final / approved Form B and after satisfying all requirements of the Development Services department.
- Once the application process is complete and a building permit is issued, the Contractor can begin construction. Under no circumstances shall Customer-Generator, Contractor or any affiliates tamper with or remove the electric service meter or gain access to any electric panels on the utility side of the meter. The system installer shall not install any equipment (e.g., donut CTs) in the electric utility side of the metering cabinet nor shall the system utilize supply-side taps (a.k.a., line-side taps).
- Contractor should contact the Development Services department to schedule inspections when ready.
- The system cannot be energized until the City provides a signed Form C.
Treatment for Existing Solar Customers
If you are a Customer whom installed solar before November 20, 2018, you are operating under the City's Distributed Generation Rate Program, and this arrangement will continue (you are grandfathered) for up to 10-years, until November 21, 2028.
If you'd rather be under the NEM Program, you have the option to switch over. Here's how:
- Complete, sign, and date the Transition Request Form (PDF).
- Please allow the City 30 days to verify your information. If we have questions or see any issues, we'll get in touch with you.
- The City will examine your electric meter to see if it needs to be switched out (to meet the technical requirements of the NEM Program). If it does, the City will do so at no cost.
IMPORTANT: The option to move to the NEM Program expires at the close of business November 23, 2020, or when the NEM Program is suspended or terminated, whichever comes first.
Your request will be processed in the order received. You will be placed in the NEM A-2 Program.
Once your paperwork is in order, and you have the right electric meter, your request will be implemented on a prospective basis starting on your next billing statement.