How it works
Net Metering helps you offset the cost of the electricity you buy from PGE with energy you generate at your business. Power can be generated with solar, wind, hydro and other eligible renewable resources.
With Net Metering, PGE will keep track of the energy you use and the amount of excess power your system generates. The excess kilowatt-hour credits are deducted from your usage and you receive a bill for the difference (or net).
Customers who have multiple billing meters at the same location may also qualify for meter aggregation. Aggregation allows for any remaining excess kilowatt-hour credits on the net meter at the end of the month to be applied to additional qualifying billing meters. (See Net Metering Billing for details.)
Customers interested in back up batteries can also design a system for Net Metering that incorporates battery storage as a backup power source.
Net Metering requires the installation of a special bidirectional meter, which monitors the power flow in two directions. Installation of this meter is free.
Steps for setting up Net Metering
- First, check your address on our online map of generation-limited service lines. Most of our distribution lines have capacity for new Net Metering projects, but if your project would be located on a limited line you’ll want to discuss options with us before you apply.
- Before beginning construction, complete an application for Net Metering interconnection. See below to determine which application you should use.
- When your system is completed and has passed the appropriate city or county electrical inspection email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will make an appointment to do a final inspection and install your bidirectional meter.
Once the inspection is done and the meter is installed you’re done! You can now begin generating power. Plus, you can claim your financial incentive and tax credits.
Which Net Metering application to use
PGE uses your Net Metering application to assess the potential effect of your system on power quality and reliability, and whether any upgrades or modifications will be necessary. Most projects don’t require extensive system upgrades. Where upgrades are needed state rules require us to charge the cost to the customer who’ll benefit from them. We’ll work with you to identify any upgrade costs so you can decide if you want to proceed.
View the descriptions below to determine which application fits your project. For details on the three types of applications, see the Net Metering rules from the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
- Level 1 application is for inverter-based systems with a nameplate capacity of 25 kW or less. There is no application fee.
- Level 2 application is for inverter-based systems with a nameplate capacity of 25 kW to 2 MW. The application fee is $50 plus $1 per kW of capacity.
- Level 3 application is for systems where the Level 1 or Level 2 application review found that more extensive studies, upgrades or protection equipment will be necessary. This application is also for non-inverter-based systems or systems not using lab-tested equipment. The application fee is $100 plus $2 per kW of capacity.
Send completed documents by:
Fax: 503-464-2115, Attention: Net Metering coordinator
PGE Net Metering coordinator
121 Salmon St., 3WTC-0402
Portland, OR 97204
You’re done! You can now begin generating power. Plus, you can claim your financial incentive and tax credits.