I am writing about these two State of California bills because they didn’t seem to get much press.
Starting on January 1, 2011 some Californians will be paid by the utility for the power that they generate with solar panels and windmills. AB920 was signed into law in October 2009.
AB 510 (signed into law in February 2010) raised the cap set on the number of homes and businesses that can take advantage of net energy metering. The cap went from 2.5% of the utilities total customer peak power demand to 5%.
The California Green Building Blog has good information, but I can’t find much on the rate structure. I have heard that electricity will be bought at the same wholesale rate that the utility would have paid other suppliers for electricity at that place and time.
This site has some purchase rate information for many of the utilities.
So if you own a good roof for solar or wind power but don’t use a lot of electricity yourself, this might be enough incentive to build your own electricity generation plant.