Introducing NEM 3.0 - California's New Net Energy Metering Policy

Introducing NEM 3.0 - California's New Net Energy Metering Policy

Welcome to my website! I am David Moya, your Solar Pro, and I'm here to guide you through the recent changes in California's net energy metering policy, known as NEM 3.0. This policy, which went into effect on April 14, 2023, brings some significant changes for solar energy customers, but fear not, solar is still a very smart and worthwhile investment.

Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a program that allows businesses and homeowners to generate electricity with their own solar energy systems and send any excess power back to the grid for billing credits. These credits help offset nighttime electricity costs and reduce utility bills.

NEM 3.0 is the latest iteration of this program and makes some adjustments to how customers benefit from it. Unlike the previous versions, NEM 3.0 reduces the value of the bill credits for excess solar power exported during the day. As a result, the financial incentive to go solar has slightly decreased.

However, there are ways to maximize your savings under NEM 3.0. The key is to install solar power and battery storage systems. With a battery storage system, you can store excess energy produced during the day and use it in the evening, reducing the need to buy expensive peak-rate electricity from the utility.

Benefits of Net Metering:

Before we delve into the specifics of NEM 3.0, let's remember some of the significant benefits of net metering:

Impact of NEM 3.0 on Homeowners:

Now, let's explore how NEM 3.0 specifically affects homeowners in California:

Why Going Solar Still Makes Sense:

Despite the changes brought by NEM 3.0, going solar remains a wise decision for California residents. Solar systems will still provide greater energy cost savings compared to most other states. The return on investment might take a little longer, but it's still among the best investment options for home solar.

In fact, the policy's focus on battery storage emphasizes its value in combination with solar. Not only can you save on energy costs, but you'll also increase your home's value, reduce carbon emissions, contribute to a resilient grid, and have backup power during outages.


California's NEM 3.0 may have slightly changed the dynamics of solar energy savings, but it's still a highly valuable investment. By adding battery storage to your solar system, you can maximize your savings and enjoy the numerous benefits of clean, renewable energy. So, don't wait! Take the first step towards your solar project today. Give me a call at (626) 469-7652, and together, we'll design and install a solar power and battery backup system that suits your needs and saves you money.