What will a standalone battery do for my energy rates?
The backup battery will not affect your rates or energy cost, but will provide a limited amount of electricity in the event of a grid outage.
What will solar + battery storage do for my energy rates? How much will I save?
Your solar and battery storage savings will depend on several factors, including angle and shading of your roof and how much you spend on electricity. When you request a free quote from Sunrun, they will include pricing and savings information to help you understand the impact to your home specifically.
I am already a NEM customer…what will adding a battery do to my rates?
Adding a backup battery will not change your energy rates.
If I install solar+storage, who provides my bill and customer service?
You will still get a consolidated bill from PG&E/Peninsula Clean Energy. On a monthly basis this includes a fixed fee from PG&E for electric delivery services plus charges from Peninsula Clean Energy for energy you use from the grid that is more than you generate with your panels. During your annual ‘true-up’ with PG&E, you will be billed for any additional delivery fees and surcharges for the energy you consumed throughout the year above and beyond what your solar system generated.
If you generate more energy than you use, you will receive credits on your monthly bill to offset energy use in future months. Customers that have more that $100 in credits with Peninsula Clean Energy on their April billing statement will receive a check for the balance on their account as part of our annual NEM cash-out.
If instead of purchasing the system, you choose to lease it, you will be billed monthly for the system costs by Sunrun. Sunrun will be responsible for maintenance.
If you choose a Sunrun financed option (i.e. a lease or a loan product), you will also be billed monthly by Sunrun. Sunrun can provide estimates of how much you will save overall for each of their purchase and financing options.
What will my energy rate be if I choose to lease? If I choose a PPA? How much can it vary from year to year?
Your energy rate is not affected if you purchase or lease the system. However, you will be generating electricity, so your usage costs from Peninsula Clean Energy can be decreased, eliminated, or you may get a refund, if you generate more than you use. If you choose a PPA, then you will buy the energy generated by the panels, at a reduced rate, from Sunrun.
Sunrun can provide a free estimate and explain their options and rates after receiving your application.
Can I get credit for my excess solar power?
Yes. If your panels produce more electricity than your home uses, the surplus energy goes back onto the electricity grid and you receive energy credits It may help to think of your meter turning one way when you use energy, and the other way when you produce it. You are billed only for any excess energy over that produced by the panels) that you use. Note that PG&E will also bill a fixed amount each month.