Why California’s Net Metering 2.0 Calls for More, Not Less, Solar per Rooftop

By [email protected] California’s shift to a “NEM 2.0” net metering regime has brought uncertainty to the state’s solar industry.

That’s largely due to two main changes — non-bypassable charges, which reduce the share of a utility bill that can be reduced by net-metered solar, and time-of-use rates, which reduce solar’s value during its midday peak, and increases it in late afternoon and evening.

Developers and installers are trying to adapt to this new regime in the country’s biggest solar market. One common question is whether solar panels should be oriented in a more westerly direction, to capture more late-afternoon sun at higher rates.

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