How Solar PV Works
When it comes to purchasing solar panels, every solar panel is not created equally. There are different sizes, wattage, and efficiency within the solar technology. It is important to know what is important to you when it comes to your solar “investment.” Hi‐Power Solar offers a wide variety of solar products and manufacturers at different prices ranges for every budget.
Customer Renewable Programs
Net Energy Metering Plus
Net Energy Metering Plus (NEM Plus) is available only to current NEM customers. It allows NEM customers to add non-export capacity to their home or business without affecting their NEM status.
Customers may install new panels, battery storage or a combination of both under this program. The output from the NEM Plus system is used solely on-site and is not allowed to export to the grid. The addition of the NEM Plus system does not affect the customer’s existing NEM agreement.
This program benefits NEM customers whose energy demand routinely exceeds the supply provided by their rooftop solar or other renewable distributed energy resource (DER) system. It also benefits NEM customers who are considering renovations or purchases that increase electricity use, such as electric vehicles.
There are no program capacity limits or queues, so there are no deadlines to meet. The only pre-requirement for participation is an executed NEM agreement. As with all our programs, we encourage customers to do their own research and to make an informed decision about whether NEM Plus is right for their situation.
Customer Grid-Supply Plus (CGS Plus)
These systems must include grid support technology to manage grid reliability and allow the utility to remotely monitor system performance, technical compliance and, if necessary, control for grid stability.
Smart Export customers with a renewable system and battery energy storage system have the option to export energy to the grid from 4 p.m. – 9 a.m. Systems must include grid support technology to manage grid reliability and system performance.
Customer Self-Supply (CSS)
This system is intended only for private rooftop solar installations that are designed to not export any electricity to the grid. Customers are not compensated for any export of energy.
Customer Grid-Supply (CGS)
CGS participants receive a PUC-approved credit for electricity sent to the grid and are billed at the retail rate for electricity they use from the grid. The program remains open until the installed capacity has been reached.