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City of Shasta Lake Net Energy Metering Program

The City's Net Energy Metering Program (NEM 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. 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 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.

Net Energy Metering A-2
The City is accepting applications under its NEM A-2 Program where Customer-Generators can benefit from producing their own electricity with distributed generation equipment, such as rooftop solar. The Customer-Generator 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. Billing is conducted on a monthly basis.

NEM Program Documents

If the NEM Program sounds interesting, here are some important documents that explain how everything works. 

Customer-Generator Interconnection Policy

Net Energy Metering Program Tariff

There are other factors to consider beside your energy bill.
  • Please consider consulting with a financial and/or tax adviser.
  • 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.
  • Lastly, 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. If this all sounds good, it sounds like you’re about to "Go Solar."

Important Notes
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.
  1. Work with your contractor to fill out the Electric Solar Application packet (links below) and the Building Permit Application - Solar
  2. The Electric Solar Application packet has 3 forms. Please complete, sign, and date all forms. Please note, the City requires original signatures. No digital signatures, e-signatures, or photocopies will be accepted.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A building permit will be available upon receipt of a final / approved Form B and after satisfying all requirements of the Development Services department.
  10. Once the application process is complete and a building permit is issued, the Contractor can begin construction.
  11. Contractor should contact the Development Services department to schedule inspections when ready.
  12. The system cannot be energized until the City provides a signed Form C.


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