About Virtual Net Metering

virtual net metering

 Virtual Net Metering (VNEM) is a billing arrangement allowing for a single solar system to offset multiple common area and tenant load(s). It’s the method in which participating utility accounts are each credited for the solar system generation.

Virtual net energy metering is for

  • Multitenant, multimetered properties
  • Properties in an IOU territory (SDG&E, SCE, PG&E). Other utilities may offer VNEM, check with your utility to see 
  • Please consult with your utility for eligibility determination

VNEM is available under two tariffs, each applicable to a specific market segment. The tariff names for each customer sector vary in each IOU.

  • General Market Sector: Virtual net metering for general market buildings
    Tenants of apartment buildings, condo communities and other multimetered properties can take advantage of the solar credits allocated from an on-site solar system. Solar credits are allocated based on predetermined percentages set by the property owner.
  • Affordable Housing Sector: Virtual net metering for low-income buildings
    The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, a successor program to the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program, was created through Assembly Bill 693 (AB 693) to help low-income multifamily residents receive access to solar benefits and savings. SOMAH offers financial incentives for low-income projects utilizing virtual net metering to offset the cost of installing solar photovoltaic systems on multitenant affordable housing developments. 

*For more information, visit the California Public Utilities Commission virtual net metering website.

Service Territory

Customer sector

Tariff Name

SDG&E

General market sector

NEM-V-ST

Affordable housing sector

VNM-A-ST

SCE

General market sector

NEM-V-ST

Affordable housing sector

MASH-VNM-ST

PG&E

General market sector

NEM2V

Affordable housing sector

NEM2VMSH