If you generate power with wind, hydro, solar, fuel-cell technology, biogas or biomass, it reduces the amount of power you need from PGE. Our Net Metering Service lets you offset the cost of the electricity you use from PGE with the energy you generate. You get credit in your PGE account for any power you produce and don’t use. See Net Metering billing for details on how this works. But first you must contact PGE to have a special Net Metering meter installed, which is different than a PGE smart meter. Installation is free. See the steps below
You may qualify for Net Metering Service if:
- The project is designed primarily to power your business.
- Your system’s nameplate capacity is less than 2 MW.
- Your system operates in parallel with the PGE grid.
For more information, see the Net Metering rate schedule (PDF).
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.
First step: Find a contractor
Steps for setting up Net Metering
We recommend hiring a qualified contractor to design and build your renewable energy system and assist with the Net Metering application process. Energy Trust of Oregon maintains a list of licensed solar contractors and the Oregon Department of Energy maintains a list of tax credit-certified solar technicians (PDF).
- Before beginning construction, complete a PGE Net Metering application.
- You will also need to complete a Net Metering agreement (PDF). You may wish to sign and include the agreement with your application to speed the process.
- When your system is completed and has passed the appropriate city or county inspections, email us. We will make a final inspection and install your Net Metering meter.
You’re done! Your next bill will reflect the savings from the energy you’re generating. 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
Applying for Net Metering
PGE uses your Net Metering application to assess the potential effect of your system on power quality and reliability. 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 (PDF) is for an inverter-based system with 25 kW of nameplate capacity or less. There is no application fee.
Level 2 application (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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.
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For more information, email us or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100. Mail completed documents to:
- PGE Net Metering coordinator
- 121 Salmon St., 3WTC-0407
- Portland, OR 97204
You can also fax documents to 503-464-2284 with Attention: Net Metering coordinator.
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