Net Metering (Nevada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Nevada
Name Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit Statewide cap of 3% of total peak capacity of all utilities in the state
Applicable Utilities Investor-owned utilities

Meter Aggregation Not addressed for most technologies.

Meter aggregation allowed for hydro installations across contiguous properties owned by the customer generator.
Meter aggregation allowed for very specific wind projects. See below.

Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; carries over indefinitely

REC Ownership Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)

System Capacity Limit The lesser of 1 MW or 100% of the customer's annual requirements for electricity

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-02
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Nevada's original net-metering law for renewable-energy systems was enacted in 1997 and amended in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and certain types of hydropower are generally eligible, although systems greater than 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity may be subject to certain costs at the utility's discretion. Systems must be designed to offset part or all of a customer-generator's electricity requirements. A system is not eligible for net metering if its generating capacity exceeds the greater of (1) the limit on demand that the class of customer of the customer-generator may place on the utility's system, or (2) 100% of the customer's annual electricity requirements. Each investor-owned utility operating in Nevada must offer net metering until the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems in the state equals 3% of the peak capacity of all utilities operating in the state.

For net-metered systems up to 25 kW, utilities must offer the customer-generator a meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in two directions. The utility may not charge these customer-generators any fee that would increase their minimum monthly charges to an amount greater than that of other customers in the same rate class.

For net-metered systems greater than 25 kW, the utility may require a customer-generator to install -- at its own cost -- a meter capable of measuring generation output and customer load. In addition, a utility may require a customer-generator to pay for any upgrades to the utility's system, excluding standby charges, that are required to make the customer's system compatible with the utility's system.

Net Excess Generation
For all net-metered systems, customer net excess generation (NEG) is carried over to the following month as a kilowatt-hour credit indefinitely. If the cost of purchasing and installing a net-metered system is paid for in whole or in part by a utility, then the electricity generated by the system will be considered to be generated by the utility or acquired from a renewable-energy system for the purpose of complying with the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). On the other hand, if the cost of purchasing and installing the system was paid for entirely by a customer, the PUC will issue to the customer portfolio energy credits (PECs).

If a customer is billed for electricity under a time-of-use schedule, any customer NEG during a given month will be carried forward to the same time-of-use period as the time-of-use period in which it was generated, unless the subsequent billing period lacks a corresponding time-of-use period. If there is no corresponding time-of-use period, then the NEG carried forward must be apportioned evenly among the available time-of-use periods. Excess generation fed to the grid is considered electricity generated or acquired by the utility to comply with Nevada's energy portfolio standard.

Meter Aggregation
Assembly Bill 359 allows owners of hydropower facilities with a generating capacity up to 1 MW to offset electricity consumed on multiple contiguous properties owned by the customer generator. Assembly Bill 359 also allows for meter aggregation in the case of a wind energy device installed during 2012 on property owned or leased by an institution of higher learning and used for research and workforce training.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Darci Dalessio
Department Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Division PEC Administrator

Place Carson City, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89701
Phone (775) 684-6171

Contact Name Mark Harris
Department Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Division Engineering Division
Address 1150 E. William Street
Place Carson City, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89701
Phone (775) 684-6165


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: NRS 704.766 et seq.
Date Enacted 1997-07-01
Expiration Date None
Authority 2: NAC 704.8901 et seq.
Date Effective 2004
Date Enacted 2004

Authority 3: AB 428
Date Effective 2013-06-11
Date Enacted 2013-06-11

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"