How it works
Net Metering helps you offset the cost of the electricity you buy from PGE with energy you generate at home. 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 is planned 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. For non-residential installations, see Business Net Metering.
- You will also need to complete a Net Metering agreement, which you’ll receive after we approve your application.
- When your system is completed and has passed the appropriate city or county electrical inspection, email us at email@example.com a copy. Our Meter Services department will contact you to schedule 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.
Send completed documents by:
Fax: 503-464-2115, Attention: Net Metering coordinator
PGE Net Metering coordinator
121 Salmon St., 3WTC-0402
Portland, OR 97204
Understanding the Application Review Process
The application process starts when we receive a complete application. In 1 to 3 business days, we will send a confirmation of receipt of the application.
Our engineers will review Level 1 applications within 10 business days and Level 2 and 3 applications within 15 business days. If any upgrades to PGE’s system are required for your system to safely interconnect, we will inform you of the estimated cost of the upgrade. Customers are responsible for the cost of upgrades. For this reason, we recommend that customers and contractors wait to build their solar system until your application has been reviewed and approved.
After the application has been approved, PGE will request receipt of the approved municipal electric permit and signed Net Metering Agreement. When we have received these items, we will request a PGE inspection and bi-directional meter installation. PGE’s Meter Services team will then reach out via email to schedule the appointment.
If your system passed PGE’s inspection and a bi-directional meter is installed, the metermen will give you permission to operate the system. At a later date, PGE will provide you with your executed Net Metering agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can all of PGE’s power lines accept Net Metering projects?
Most of our lines can easily support more Net Metering projects. Check our online map before you apply and contact us for options if you happen to be served by one of the few lines with limited capacity.
Will I need to pay for improvements to PGE’s system as part of my project?
In most cases, no. A few projects require some system upgrades, which state rules require us to charge 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.
Will I have an energy bill on the Net Metering program?
PGE customers will always have a bill for the basic fees and taxes. Customers will also be responsible for any energy that they purchase above what they generate (See Net Metering Billing for details).
Where can I see how much my system generated?
PGE is not able to see the total generation of your system. When your system is generating energy, the energy first goes to offset your home’s energy needs and if there is excess energy, it is sent on to PGE’s grid. PGE is only able to see that excess energy that is fed on to our grid.
Who do I call with questions about my solar system?
Solar equipment is customer-owned and operated. Please reach out to a qualified solar contractor, electrician or your equipment manufacturer to discuss your questions.
Can PGE recommend a contractor?
PGE treats all customers and contractors equally and does not endorse any specific contractors. See Get Started with Solar for more information about the solar process and choosing a solar contractor.
For more information, email us, or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100.