If your farm or dairy’s power bill is $25,000 or more per year, Net Energy Meter Aggregation (otherwise known as NEMA or meter aggregation) could be a great solution for you. Meter aggregation allows you to take the energy loads from your smaller parcels of land or split pieces of property and aggregate them into a single solar system. With meter aggregation, you can receive the benefits of solar while decreasing installation costs and improving your return on investment.
The Public Utility Commission approved meter aggregation in 2014. According to PG&E, “If you have multiple electric accounts on the same property as the renewable generator or on property contiguous or adjacent to that property, you can install a generator up to 1 megawatt to serve the aggregated load of all accounts.”
Getting started is simple. JKB Energy will perform a site survey and review your existing transformer size and the amperage of the service panel. We’ll then make a recommendation on total system size and design a custom system to optimize savings. After coordinating a walk through with JKB Energy representatives, the project timeline will begin and soon you’ll be saving energy and money.
If you’re interested in a megawatt installation, which is the largest possible option from PG&E’s NEMA program, you may need a transformer upgrade to support the system as you bundle and direct power back to the grid. The good news is that our team knows how to deal with decades-old infrastructure and will be able to provide a timely, honest assessment of whether your existing infrastructure will be able to handle the additional generation. If not, we will help to determine new requirements, optimal placement and sizings.
Our team will help customers who require systems larger than a megawatt. We’ll assist you in determining how to split or arrange the load into multiple aggregated systems. We’re used to creative challenges, and we won’t split the load unless there are significant financial savings in doing so.
“It’s our job to think outside the box and find creative solutions,” says Chad Cummings, JKB Energy’s sales and marketing manager. “We want to save our clients as much as possible on upfront costs and extra upgrades while avoiding a longer project timeline and additional charges.”
Curious what PG&E has to say about meter aggregation? Check out their FAQ page here. And remember, NEM stands for net energy metering.