As soon as your solar system gets turned on you form a new relationship with your utility, which for most of us is PG&E. You are now an energy producer, not just an energy consumer, and you will start to receive a True-Up Statement once a year.

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So what is an Annual True Up Statement?

Once a year, around the anniversary of your solar system being connected to the grid, PG&E sends you a True Up Statement. It shows the overall amount of credits that you earned by sending power to the grid and the charges that you incurred for using power that PG&E generated for the entire year. This is the way that PG&E settles your account. If you incurred more charges than credits, you will need to pay PG&E for the cost of the power you purchased from them. If you produced more power than you used over the course of the year, you don’t owe PG&E anything more than the minimal amounts you’ve already paid monthly to be connected to the grid.

image4Wondering how much power your system is actually creating?

Check you inverter(s). They track the total amount of power your solar system produces. If you have production monitoring, this is the source of the data that shows up on your monitoring system.

Wondering how much power your home is actually using?

It’s possible to have consumption monitoring, which tracks the total number of kWhs your home consumes, but it’s not common. If you’d like to set that up, give us a call today at 415.641.4000.

Need more information?

Here is a link to PG&E’s detailed explanation of Net Metering and the True Up Statement. If you have questions regarding your statements, please call PG&E’s solar department directly at (877) 743-4112.