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
- Before beginning construction, complete PGE’s 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 please email us.
- We will make an appointment to do a final inspection and install your bidirectional 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 or modifications 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 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 that have failed the Level 1 or Level 2 application review. 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.
For more information, email us, or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100.