1. Is there still capacity in the City of Palo Alto Utilities' (CPAU) original Net Energy Metering (NEM 1) program?
2. What is the PV interconnection approval process?
In Palo Alto, the Building Inspector issues interconnection approval (also known as “permission to operate”) of the PV system at the final inspection. Please note that the City of Palo Alto Utilities electric meter inspection must be scheduled PRIOR to the final building inspection.
3. What are the permit requirements?
Or contact Palo Alto Development Services at: (650) 329-2496.
4. What if my system doesn’t pass final inspection before my NEM program Reservation expires?
5.What if I want to add capacity to my existing, installed and interconnected PV system that is currently on the NEM program, BEFORE CPAU reaches the NEM program cap?
Customers participating in the NEM 1 program were able to expand their systems and include additional capacity in NEM so long as there was capacity available in NEM 1. These customers needed to submit and receive approval for a NEM 1 reservation application for the additional capacity. The term of the additional capacity is based on the interconnection date of the customer’s original system, and therefore the additional, new capacity does not receive a full 20 years of grandfathering in NEM 1. The entire PV system (original and new capacities) switch to the NEM 2 rate 20 years after the original system was installed, regardless of newer installations.
6. What if I want to add capacity to my existing, installed and interconnected PV system that is currently on the NEM program, AFTER CPAU reaches the NEM program cap?
Existing solar customers participating in the NEM program may still expand their systems, but if the NEM program cap has been reached , then upon interconnection, CPAU will adjust the amount of time the customer is allowed to remain on NEM. The adjustment will be based on the ratio of the expanded and original system sizes, according to the following formula:
New Remaining NEM Term = Original system’s remaining NEM term X (Original system size in kW / New system size in kW).
7. What if I need to replace my system at some point during the NEM 1 term (because the existing system is no longer functioning properly, was damaged in some way, etc.)?
8. As a solar customer, I still use some electricity from the grid. What are the sources of the electricity that the City of Palo Alto supplies from the grid?
The City of Palo Alto’s electricity supply has been 100% carbon neutral since 2013. The City receives an estimated 32% of its electricity from utility-scale solar PV systems located within California. Hydropower, wind, and landfill gas (biomass) power supply the remainder.
CPAU will continue adding solar power to the electricity it supplies as new solar PV projects come online, including a 26 MW solar project in Los Angeles County that is scheduled to begin operating in 2021.
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