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Net Metering 3.0 Impact on Your Solar Energy System

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Understanding the impact of Net Metering 3.0 on new solar customers is crucial as we navigate through changes in energy policies and practices. As homeowners in the Coachella and Central Valleys, you are part of an evolving landscape that continually seeks to balance sustainable energy use with financial feasibility.

This post delves into the evolution of net metering within the solar industry, focusing particularly on NEM 3.0's introduction and its implications for new solar systems. We'll explore how this policy shift requires a transition toward energy storage in new systems while reducing dependence on grid power supply.

Evolution of Net Metering in the Solar Industry

The solar industry has seen some serious changes over the years. We've gone from basic string inverters to fancy optimizers and microinverters. But hold on to your solar panels because the real game-changer is - net metering 3.0.

Introducing Net Metering 3.0

This policy update is a big deal, encouraging homeowners in California to go solar and save some serious cash. It's like getting a high-five from the sun.

Under net metering 1 and 2, you got credits for sending excess electricity back to the grid. But net metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) takes it up a notch. Now, all new installations need to have a battery storage solution alongside the solar panels. It's all about cutting back the pressure put on the power grid. Talk about a power move.

Impact of NEM 3.0 on New Solar Systems

Under NEM 3.0, every new solar system needs to have an energy storage solution. Excess energy goes to the battery until the battery is full; then, the excess goes out to the grid. When the sun goes down, you first use battery power. When that is depleted, you buy from the grid.

With stored power, you can use it whenever you want - during peak times when rates are high or even during blackouts. A storage battery has a 30 amp capacity. This means one battery can run the fridge, some lights, the computer, and possibly a few other small items. One battery can very rarely run a whole house, and most importantly, in Southern California, it cannot run air conditioning. So, to run a whole house, you need multiple batteries. This is a cost to keep in mind when considering investing in solar.

Financial Implications of NEM 3.0

Financial Implications of NEM 3.0

The arrival of NEM 3.0 has shaken things up for homeowners in California who are considering installing solar power systems. This shift to on-site energy storage not only reduces dependence on utility companies but also offers a potential lifetime net present value (NPV) benefit. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), homeowners with solar + storage systems could see an NPV benefit of $6,000 to $20,000 over the system's lifetime, depending on local rates and incentives.

Planet Solar: Navigating Net Metering Changes Like a Boss

Planet Solar: Navigating Net Metering Changes Like a Boss

Planet Solar has been leading the way with home battery installation since 2007, and we are powering forward in adapting to these policy changes. Our veteran technicians have been honing their craft of net metering for years.

We know that new regulations bring new challenges and opportunities. That's why our team is here to make sure you get the most out of your new solar system under the NEM 3.0 regime. We've got you covered with system design, installation, maintenance, and customer support.

At Planet Solar, we believe in empowering homeowners with knowledge to make informed decisions about their energy consumption.

  • We break down how net metering works under this new policy framework.

  • We help you understand what these changes mean for your future solar installations.

  • We guide you on maximizing the benefits of energy storage solutions alongside your solar panels.

  • We assist you in unraveling any financial implications related to grid interconnections under this new regime.

Not only do we provide top-notch service quality, but we're also committed to creating sustainable communities in the Coachella and Central Valleys by promoting renewable energy adoption among residents.

Key Takeaway:

Planet Solar is well-equipped to handle the changes brought about by NEM 3.0, offering services such as system design, installation, maintenance, and customer support. Planet Solar is committed to promoting renewable energy adoption in the Coachella and Central Valleys while providing top-notch service quality for both residential and commercial customers.


Net Metering 3.0: The solar industry's evolution has brought us this fancy new version, which means big changes for homeowners considering solar in California.

With NEM 3.0, new solar systems will require energy storage, so you can say goodbye to relying solely on the grid and hello to cost savings through on-site energy storage.

If you have any questions about these benefits, call one of our solar experts. We are ready to help you analyze your home, consumption, and situation. We are happy to provide all the information you will need to make an informed decision on whether or not solar is right for you. We have two locations ready to serve you. If you are in the Greater Coachella Valley area from Palm Springs to Blythe, call us at (760) 341-1413. Our second location is in the Central Valley; call us at (559) 228-9245.

Since 2007, Planet Solar has been a pioneer in the solar panel and home battery installation industry. Our team comprises seasoned solar professionals with 30+ years in the home improvement, energy conservation and technical fields. Our company prides itself on our knowledgeable, friendly, and professional solar consultants, who will help you with all your solar needs. In Planet Solar, you have found a solar installer you can trust.


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