Customer Owned Solar Energy

Net Energy Metering 2.0



Anaheim Public Utilities (Anaheim) has supported more than 3,500 customers installing solar since the early 2000s. These residential and commercial systems total almost 35 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy, producing more than 50,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, which equates to a reduction of 35,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.  
Net Energy Metering (NEM) was mandated by state legislation in the mid-2000s, which allows for solar customers to remain fully interconnected to the electric or power grid and receive a retail credit, kWh for kWh, on their entire bill for all excess energy sent back to the grid. The legislation mandated that we offer retail NEM up to 5 percent (30 MW) of our peak aggregate load, a mandate Anaheim Public Utilities met in 2019. 
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To continue the adoption of solar, Anaheim will be transitioning to NEM 2.0 beginning for all new solar installations approved by the City’s Planning and Building Department after December 31, 2020. Customers that install solar on or prior to December 31, 2020 may remain on NEM 1.0 until the customer replaces their solar system, or closes their electric account where the system is located. NEM 2.0 highlights are:
  • Excess energy sent back to the grid will be paid to you as a credit on your current bill calculated by multiplying the Annual Cash Compensation (ACC) rate and a Time of Delivery Factor. See below for additional information regarding this calculation
  • As all customer generated energy received by the grid is compensated at the ACC, there is no longer any banking of excess energy received by Anaheim under NEM 2.0  
  • The solar system maximum capacity to participate in NEM 2.0 remains at 1 MW
  • Customers that have the building permit for their solar system approved by the Planning and Building Department on or prior to December 31, 2020 will be grandfathered for the life of the solar PV system or until the account holder closes the account where the system is located \
  • Net Energy Metering 2.0 frequently asked questions
Please contact us with any questions about our new solar program at (714) 765-4182 or at AnaheimSolar@anaheim.net.  We will help you determine what is best for you and your solar needs.  

Value of Customer's Energy Credit in Cash Form

Must Switch to Cash Election by Completing Surplus Energy Compensation Election Form
Customer Receives Mailed Check Annually in July

Banked Energy Credit Balance Shown on Your Bill (kWhrs):
Cash Out Value ($):

Annual Cash Compensation (ACC)


Net Metering customers who have selected annual cash compensation for excess energy produced will be compensated at the Annual Cash Compensation rate below.  

Update:  ACC = $0.0759 per kWh (7/1/19 - 6/30/20)

For additional information on how this is calculated.  

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  1. Solar Program Manager


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    Phone: 714-765-4182

    Anaheim Public Utilities


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    201 S Anaheim Boulevard
    Anaheim, CA 92805
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