Net Metering

How it works

Net Metering helps you offset the cost of the electricity you buy from PGE with energy you generate at your business.

You get credit in your PGE account for power you produce and don’t use. (See Net Metering Billing for details.)

Net Metering requires several steps (see below), including having a special Net Metering meter installed that is different than a standard PGE smart meter. Installation is free.

For solar projects, you may instead apply for our Solar Payment Option rather than Net Metering. As the name implies, with the Solar Payment Option PGE pays you for the power your system generates up to the amount of electricity you use.

Steps for setting up Net Metering

  1. Before beginning construction, complete PGE’s application for Net Metering interconnection. See below to determine which application you should use.
  2. You will also need to complete a Net Metering agreement. You may wish to sign and include the agreement with your application to speed the process.
  3. When your system is completed, including any retrofits or upgrades identified in the application process, and you’ve passed the appropriate city or county inspections, email us. We will make a final inspection and exchange your standard meter for your Net Metering meter.

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 and retrofits will be necessary.

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 an inverter-based system with 25 kW of nameplate capacity or less. There is no application fee.

Level 2 application is for larger commercial systems with 2 MW of nameplate capacity or less. The application fee is $50 plus $1 per kW of capacity.

Some systems may require a Level 3 application due to special circumstances discovered after a Level 1 or Level 2 application review. This application is also used for systems not using lab-tested equipment. The fee is $100 plus $2 per kW of capacity.

Send completed documents by:


Fax: 503-464-2284, Attention: Net Metering coordinator


  • PGE Net Metering coordinator
    121 Salmon St., 3WTC-0407
    Portland, OR 97204

You’re done! You’ll get credit each month for the energy you don’t use that flows to the power grid. Plus, you can claim your financial incentive and tax credits.

Contact us

For more information, email us, or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100.