Distributed Generation Service Program

-Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience delays during the DGS application process-

BVES’s Distributed Generation Service (DGS) program provides an alternative tariff, which allows customers to offset their electrical usage cost and receive compensation for excess renewable energy supplied to the grid. DGS provides an alternative to the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, which reached its cap and closed to new customers, effective January 1, 2018*.

Customers with qualifying renewable generation of no more than 1,000 kilowatt capacity and are not participating in BVES’s NEM program at the same premise are eligible for the DGS tariff and can enroll effective May 1, 2020. NEM-participating customers will not be affected by the DGS program and will be eligible to apply for the DGS tariff following the expiration of their NEM tariff given the DGS program remains in effect. The DGS program has a maximum installed capacity of 2 megawatts (“MW”). BVES will close the DGS program when installation of renewable energy generation reaches this limit.

Systems should be sized to offset no more than the customer’s historical 12-month usage. If the customer has not acquired at least 12 months of past usage, or in cases where historical load cannot be determined due to extensive remodeling, the Load Justification Form must be submitted for systems 5 KW or greater. For systems without 12 months of historical data that are less than 5 KW, on-site electrical load may be determined using the calculation of 2 watts per square foot of the home. Please ask BVES for your 12-month usage before designing or installing a solar facility.  

Additional information on the DGS program, including the application and eligibility requirements, is available by clicking on the links below.

If you have any questions or are in need of additional information, please contact our Public Purpose Program Coordinator at 909.674.6543. Due to the high volume of calls received, please leave a voicemail with your name, number and reason for your call.

*In accordance with the CPUC, regulated utilities like BVES were required to offer the NEM program until solar energy generated from the program reached 5 percent of its non-coincident peak demand, which occurred in October 2016.