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White Paper: Analysis of U.S. Net Metering Policy Changes

Posted by Aurora Solar on May 27, 2019 4:49:54 PM

Examining the Impact of Utility Rate Trends on Solar Savings and Design Best Practices

 

Net energy metering (NEM) policies have played a crucial role in making residential solar installations a good investment for homeowners in the United States. However, as installed solar capacity has increased, many utility companies have introduced changes to their NEM programs that reduce the value of distributed solar.

Using Aurora's proprietary solar financial analysis tools, we conducted a large parametric study that analyzed over 45 million scenarios to determine how these new programs impact solar customers’ savings across the United States. The study analyzes the financial impacts of specific billing mechanisms, as well as the cumulative impacts of different combinations of these mechanisms as implemented by utilities in different states. The policies evaluated slightly diminish the financial value of installed solar but also promote larger system designs in certain circumstances.

 
2019 NEM White Paper Cover

 

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Topics: Solar Utility Bill, Financial Analysis, Aurora Research

White Paper: The Financial Impact of Net Energy Metering 2.0 Policy

Posted by Aurora Solar on Jul 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Examining the Effects of Non-Bypassable Charges with Load Profiles and Systems Designed in Aurora

 

Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2.0 is now the official utility rate policy for solar customers in California – but few people truly understand what it means for the returns of residential solar installations or how solar designs should be adapted to maximize savings under this policy. We evaluated over 600 solar projects designed in Aurora to determine how NEM 2.0 changes the financial returns from solar. Next, we analyzed over 900,000 design variations to identify the new design best practices to account for NEM 2.0. Our surprising results highlight how NEM 2.0 is both a great challenge, and a great opportunity for the solar community.

 



 

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Topics: Solar Utility Bill, Financial Analysis, Aurora Research

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