If you checked in on us in 2022, you know that our company along with thousands of fellow solar enthusiasts rallied in opposition to NEM 3.0 to keep the incentives in California as strong as possible. Our efforts were not in vain. The new plan for net metering in California (also known as NEM 3.0) is more favorable than the original proposal and still yields a favorable ROI – mainly if you add battery storage.

Overall load consumption was causing strain on the grid during peak hours (between 4p.m.- 9p.m.) when PV systems were not producing power. Increased demand required a solution to provide stable, reliable power to consumers and one of the ways to do this was to build utility scale battery storage plants. To be able to fund these systems, rates had to increase across the board and we now have NEM 3.0. To avoid power shut-offs, high TOU rates, and peace of mind that your PV system can provide reliable power at any time of the day, consider adding battery storage.

Some Good News!

  • You can still qualify for NEM 2.0 if you submit your application by April 13th, 2023. EcoDirect offers permitting services where we provide a full set of plans for you to send to both the building department and utility company (available with full system purchases only).
  • Grid-Tie only systems will benefit greatly under NEM 2.0 vs NEM 3.0 due to the rate structure changes as provided by our friends at SolarEdge. (Thank you!)
  • Grid-Tie with Battery Storage will also benefit from the current plan as you are able to export power at a higher price per kWh during the day and during peak hours if you choose to do so.
  • Understanding your monthly bill and the different rates for different time of the day is critical to understanding your payback period whether under NEM 2.0 or NEM 3.0.

Is NEM 3.0 still going to have a reasonable ROI?

Are additional incentives for storage coming?

Potentially! California currently offers a Self-Generation Incentive Program, SGIP, that will pay you per kWh of storage if you live in a fire prone area. For more information and to see if you qualify go to https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/industries-and-topics/electrical-energy/demand-side-management/self-generation-incentive-program

Keep an eye out for information on VPP, Virtual Power Plant, incentives and other state and local storage incentives when going considering your own ESS, Energy Storage System. https://www.dsireusa.org/

I heard battery costs are coming down, should I wait?

This is a question we get asked a lot. Prices do change. Some goods fall in price, and some increase. Lately, we are seeing battery pricing increase and remain at a consistent level overall when comparing our manufacturers storage options. You may see falling prices for recycled batteries long term with a possible trade-off a lower cycle life or new technology that allows you to harness and store energy for less upfront cost. However, with the higher TOU rates from the utility, you will most likely have a faster ROI today from your purchase than the savings down the road for a different storage solution.

NEM 3.0 Approved by the CPUC is Effective April 13th 2023

Main Take-Aways

  • Getting your application in now will yield a faster ROI between 5-10 years.
  • Adding battery storage to your system will help increase your ROI and is what will make going solar a profitable investment once NEM 3.0 is passed.
  • Understanding your rate structure and working with a skilled solar and storage representative at EcoDirect will ensure you get the best system for you application.
  • Investing in battery storage and reducing your PV system size may be the best way to maximize your overall system performance if you are using more energy during peak time-of-use times.

Helpful Guides for Permitting

SimpliPHI is a leader battery manufacturer based out Oxnard, CA that specializes in LFP, Lithium Ferro-Phosphate Battery Storage Solutions. They pride themselves on offering secure, reliable and safe power anywhere, anytime. https://www.ecodirect.com/SimpliPhi-Storage-s/1162.htm

SolarEdge offers a battery storage system that can easily integrate into residential homes for emergency back-up, TOU and EV charging support. Check out their take on NEM 3.0 and their battery storage solutions: https://www.ecodirect.com/SolarEdge-Energy-Hub-Inverters-s/1144.htm

Have more questions?

Call our Solar and Storage Sales Team @ 760.597.0498 or email sales@ecodirect.com

For Commercial Energy Storage Solutions please email ESS@ecodirect.com