Nevada – Net Metering


Systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and certain types of hydropower are generally eligible, although systems greater than 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity may be subject to certain costs at the utility’s discretion. Nevada’s original net-metering law for renewable-energy systems was enacted in 1997 and amended in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

State: Nevada
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Applicable Utilities: Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit: 1 MW
Aggregate Capacity Limit: 1% of utility’s peak capacity
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer’s next bill at retail rate; carries over indefinitely
REC Ownership: Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)
Meter Aggregation: Not addressed
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NRS 704.766 et seq.
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Date Effective:
NAC 704.8901 et seq.

Systems must be designed to offset part or all of a customer-generator’s electricity requirements. A system is not eligible for net metering if its generating capacity exceeds the greater of (1) the limit on demand that the class of customer of the customer-generator may place on the utility’s system, or (2) 150% of the customer’s peak demand. Each investor-owned utility operating in Nevada must offer net metering until the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems in its service territory equals 1% of the utility’s peak capacity.

For net-metered systems up to 100 kW, utilities must offer the customer-generator a meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in two directions. The utility may not charge these customer-generators any fee that would increase their minimum monthly charges to an amount greater than that of other customers in the same rate class.

For net-metered systems greater than 100 kW, the utility may require a customer-generator to install — at its own cost — a meter capable of measuring generation output and customer load. In addition, a utility may require a customer-generator to pay for any upgrades to the utility’s system, excluding standby charges, that are required to make the customer’s system compatible with the utility’s system.

For all net-metered systems, customer net excess generation (NEG) is carried over to the following month as a kilowatt-hour credit indefinitely. If the cost of purchasing and installing a net-metered system is paid for in whole or in part by a utility, then the electricity generated by the system will be considered to be generated by the utility or acquired from a renewable-energy system for the purpose of complying with the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). On the other hand, if the cost of purchasing and installing the system was paid for entirely by a customer, the PUC will issue to the customer portfolio energy credits (PECs).

If a customer is billed for electricity under a time-of-use schedule, any customer NEG during a given month will be carried forward to the same time-of-use period as the time-of-use period in which it was generated, unless the subsequent billing period lacks a corresponding time-of-use period. If there is no corresponding time-of-use period, then the NEG carried forward must be apportioned evenly among the available time-of-use periods. Excess generation fed to the grid is considered electricity generated or acquired by the utility to comply with Nevada’s energy portfolio standard.


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