Solar + storage providers are making special offers and system tweaks for California homeowners in response to the upcoming net energy metering (NEM 3.0) rate changes. Example: Sunnova Energy International is offering a free battery for new customers in California who lease a solar + storage system under the Sunnova Easy Plan.
In addition to the $8,000 product discount, Sunnova notes how their lease services are designed to manage the potential reduction in solar energy value, optimize solar generation, and ensure energy resiliency in the face of an unstable energy grid.
“While some may view California’s NEM 3.0 policy as a misguided attempt to prop up the failing utility industry and undermine consumer choice, Sunnova sees it as a chance to seize the market and offer real solutions to our customers,” said William J. (John) Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova.
The solar net metering policy changes, which are set to take place on April 15th, 2023, will affect how new California solar customers are compensated for excess energy they produce. By combining solar power with energy storage, Sunnova customers can further reduce their reliance on the grid, avoid higher electricity bills during peak demand periods, and secure backup energy protection for their homes.
“Instead of relying on a flawed and complex system that penalizes solar customers for generating their own power, we are offering a free* battery as part of our storage system to our new customers in California, enabling them to protect themselves from grid outages and maximize their savings,” Berger says.
— Solar Builder magazine