91040 wrote:Los Angeles DWP gives credit for solar electric overproduction based on the rate in effect at the time of production. This credit cannot be paid out but is available as long as the account is maintained. It can only be used for purchase of electricity from LADWP and other associated charges.
Are you certain
of this? Do you have a URL with details? I was told that LADWP has a "net metering" system that will only allow you to offset your use with your production within a certain "window" - but - I've never found clarification as to what that "window" is - it might be only one billing cycle (two months), it might be as much as a year. But I'd always heard that excess capacity cannot
be banked, cashed out or otherwise used. It's "use it within the window or lose it".
I'd love to hear differently...
SOLAR INFORMATIONAL Q & A
Q: I have credits in the bank, and I didn’t use any power from LADWP, why is my bill $22.00?
A: You are on the residential standard rate R1A. Under this rate, there is a minimum charge of $10 per month, plus ECA, RCA, ESA, City Tax, and State Surcharges. If your energy charge is less than $10 monthly, you will receive a bill for the minimum charge of $10 per month. Residents are usually billed bi-monthly, so the minimum bill would be $20 plus $2 city tax for a total of $22. It may be more beneficial for you to be on the residential Time-of-Use (TOU) rate, R1B.
Q: I am billed on the Residential Rate R-1A. I have credits in the bank, why do I still have a bill to pay?
A: Your banked credits ONLY apply towards your Energy Charge, as long as your energy charge is greater than the minimum charge ($10 monthly/$20 bi-monthly).
Q: I am billed on the Residential TOU Rate R-1B, what part of my bill do my banked credits apply towards?
A: Your banked credits apply towards all the LADWP charges (Service Charge, Energy Charge, ECA, ESA, and RCA charges). Banked credits DO NOT apply towards taxes (City, State Surcharge).
Q: I am billed on Residential TOU Rate R-1B, how much money do I get for my credits?
A: Credits are earned at the dollar value during the time period that you generate your power. If you generate more energy during the high-peak period, your credit will be at the high peak price. It is then applied to your total bill, except to the taxes (City, State Surcharge).
Q: How long do my credits last – is there an expiration date on the credits?
A: Your credits will go into a credit “bank”. There is no time limit for your credits. If you move out of your house or close your electric account, any previously banked credits are not refunded. You cannot transfer credits to another residence when you move.
Q: How do I request to be billed on TOU?
A: If you are a new solar customer waiting for your LADWP final inspection, please contact LADWP’s Solar Department at (213) 367-4122. If you’re an existing solar customer, please call the Rates Section at (213) 367-4718 and request a customer request form to change your billing to the optional R-1B Rate. The Rates Section can email, fax or mail you a request form.
Q: Why is my electric bill delayed?
A: The process of billing our solar customers on R-1A or R-1B is a manual operation, as opposed to the non-solar customers which are billed through our automated system. This manual operation naturally causes a delay. We anticipate having a new billing system capable of billing all of our customers automatically within two years.
Q: My bill still seems high after the solar installation, why?
A: There are several reasons that this could happen, some include: 1) Your bill includes closing reads from your previous meter. 2) Electric usage in your household increased. Please contact LADWP’s Solar Department at (213) 367-4122 for an investigation into your usage.
Q: If I want information regarding my solar application, solar inspection/approval, or net TOU meter install before the solar panels are installed, who do I contact?
A: Contact LADWP’s Solar Department (213) 367-4122