The new program is expected to be finalized by September 30, 2021, and will go into effect at some point after that. That time frame will likely be months.
Solar owners are put on the utility’s time-of-use (TOU) rates, meaning the price you pay for electricity changes based on the time of day. Rates are highest during periods of high electricity use—late afternoon and early evening. Rates are lowest late at night and early morning.
You remain in the net metering program for 20 years from the day your solar was “interconnected” to the utility grid; this is typically within one to four weeks of your interconnection application being submitted.
5. You pay a one-time interconnection fee of $75-$150 to the utility, depending on your utility. (Citadel manages this process and pays this on your behalf.)
3. New charges would be added to your monthly electric bills if you own solar. For example, according to this San Diego Union-Tribune article, SDG&E customers could be hit with a $24/month “distributed generation successor tariff” and a “residential grid benefits charge” of $66/month for a homeowner with a typically sized, 6-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system. That’s $90 in new monthly charges!
At the end of the (preferably sunny) day, no one thinks solar energy for homes and businesses will go away. It’s too important a piece of the climate change puzzle. In addition, most Americans feel strongly that it is their right to produce their own energy, thus reducing their dependency on large utilities.