December 22, 2015

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just issued an update on the future of net energy metering (NEM) in California, and we want to keep you up to date on the latest. The future of NEM has been a hot topic recently, with the utilities recommending changes to dramatically reduce the payback from customer-owned solar.

The CPUC mostly bypassed those damaging proposals in their draft new policy, due to the sound analysis and advocacy of CalCom, CALSEIA, and the solar industry. The draft NEM 2.0 policy maintains the elements of NEM that are critical for Agricultural customers. Generation from your solar will continue to be paid back at the full retail rate, and true-ups will remain annual. And NEM Aggregation, which is vital for growers, will continue to be an option.

But that’s not the end of the story. The CPUC’s DRAFT proposal keeps those critical elements of NEM intact, but the Final Decision won’t be issued until late January. If you would like to support the Proposed Decision to ensure that it carries through into a Final Decision, please feel free to email comments to

The future continues to be bright for customer solar, so if you’re considering installing or increasing your solar, let us know.


Dylan Dupre

Vice President, Business Development, CalCom Solar

Read CPUC Press Release (PDF)

Read CPUC Draft Policy Document (PDF)

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