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PG&E to complete 2,409-MW solar rooftop program

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is close to completing the installation of its 2,409-MW solar rooftop program in Northern and Central California.

The PG&E Corp. subsidiary will connect more than 275,000 customers to the grid under the Net Energy Metering Successor Program, or NEM 2. Under the program, customers will pay a one-time fee of $145 for 1 MW or less at the time of installation, according to a Dec. 9 release.

Customers will be charged based on a time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity depends on the time of the day and the amount of electricity they use from the grid, not from their own solar panels.

Solar customers who are on the existing version of NEM will be grandfathered into that program for 20 years from the date their solar panels were connected to the grid. PG&E expects to reach the limit for its current rooftop solar program this month.