IREC partnered with the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and the California Solar & Storage Association (previously known as the California Solar Energy Industries Association) on the Virtual Net Metering Market Development Project, which was one of 15 Solar Market Pathways projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

Credit: Center for Sustainable Energy

The three-year project, led by CSE, was designed to expand the awareness, effectiveness and use of virtual net energy metering (VNEM), which is a policy and billing arrangement that allows energy generation credits from a single solar system to be shared virtually among multiple tenant accounts.

Though focused primarily on identifying challenges and opportunities associated with the currently underutilized VNEM tariff in California, many of the resources and best practices developed under the project could be applied to markets outside of California.

Through extensive stakeholder engagement, pilot territory case studies, marketing and outreach campaigns, the project sought to expand awareness and understanding of the virtual net metering tariff in order to increase its adoption on multi-metered, multi-tenant properties in California and beyond.


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