Shining Brighter: Farmer Perspectives on California’s Renewable Energy Program
California farmers and ranchers produce more renewable energy than their counterparts in any other state. However, there is still enormous untapped potential for agricultural operations to offset their energy needs, save money and contribute to the state’s energy and climate change goals.
For this report, CalCAN interviewed growers who have installed solar, as well as solar industry experts, to better understand what is working and what can be improved in the state’s efforts to encourage on-farm renewable energy. We specifically look at Net Energy Metering, which allows electrical customers to receive credit for the renewable energy they produce, and Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA), a program variant that lets agricultural customers generate energy in a single location and allocate those credits across multiple meters on contiguous properties.
The report offers several recommendations, including:
- Improve outreach and education on the NEMA option
- Fix the confusing, outdated billing system for NEMA
- Build flexibility to address the unique and changing management needs of agricultural energy customers
Click here to download the report.