Solar can be confusing, especially when starting solar for the first time. Below are some useful terms for your review. You’ll be an expert in no time!
Billing Period Usage: This is the total amount of electricity used in your billing period. You can find this information in the Current Month Meter Information table for generating accounts and Billing Energy table for benefitting accounts.
Credit / Surplus Energy: At True-Up, you may be entitled to compensation for surplus energy—if your system produced more energy than your home used over the 12-month billing cycle.
Detail of Bill (DOB): This bill is not required for ALL solar systems. In some instances, solar customers will receive a detailed explanation of their charges, including the breakdown of their rate and credits.
Energy Statement: This is received monthly and contains your minimum monthly electric meter charges and gas charges, if applicable. Annual estimated charges are shown to help you track your true up.
Interconnection Agreement: This is the contract between PG&E and the homeowner. The contract is meant to allow the homeowner to access the power grid by linking it to their solar system.
Net Metering: A special net meter measures the difference between the amount of electricity your system generates and the amount of electricity PG&E supplies. We calculate your bill using this difference, called net energy.
Rate Choices: Your system install date determines your rate choices. Visit PGE.com to learn about our available rate plans.
True-Up: As a solar customer, you will receive your annual True-Up statement at the end of the 12th month of your billing cycle. The True-Up statement will alert you to any owing charges or credits that we owe you.
Have more questions? Review the related articles or Contact our Solar Customer Service Center at 1-877-743-4112, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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