Net Metering


How do I apply for Net Metering?

Applicants must fill out an online application in Liberty Utilities’ third party vendor, PowerClerk.  

The application is a two-part process:

Part 1:  Applicants fill out the application.  Applicants will need information about the equipment of the proposed system and a copy of a recent electric bill to complete the application. Systems must be designed to offset no more than 100% of annual consumption.

Upon successful review of the application, Liberty Utilities will issue permission to construct.

Part 2:  Applicants will need to submit a signed off building permit and a signed interconnection agreement.

Liberty Utilities will set the new bi-directional net meter and the system may be energized. 

Note:  Most solar installers complete the PowerClerk application on behalf of their customers.

Still have questions?  Contact us at CAsolar@libertyutilities.com  or call our program coordinator at (530) 536-0543.

Your Guide to Net Energy Metering and the Billing Process

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Click Here  for the California Public Utilities rules that address Net Metering. For more information, contact our Net Metering Administrator at :
(530) 543-5216 Mon-Fri from 7 am to 4 pm or email CAnetmetering@libertyutilities.com


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Installing a renewable power generation system can help reduce your monthly electric bill. Since most of the power is consumed locally, renewable power systems can also help to reduce demand on the utility’s distribution system during peak hours. These systems also help reduce carbon emissions.

  • No. Solar systems do not operate constantly so there will still be a need to be interconnected to the Liberty distribution system. We will continue to operate and maintain our system 24/7.

  • Yes. You will get a bill each month that will have a fixed customer charge as well as charges for power that you take from our electric distribution system.

  • When your project is in the planning phase, and before you purchase equipment, please email us at CAnetmetering@libertyutilities.com  or call at (530) 543-5216 Mon-Fri from 7 am to 4 pm.

    Once you are ready to move forward with your project, a completed application package must be submitted to us. We will review the application and explain your obligations to interconnect to Liberty Utilities' distribution system.

  • Net Metering allows an electric meter to spin forward or backward, so it can record both power used from the utility distribution system and power produced by the renewable power generator.

  • Net Meters look at the power you use compared to the power you generate. If you use more power from the distribution system than you generate, you will only be billed for the incremental power taken from the electric grid.

  • If you generate more power than you use during a billing period, your account will earn a credit equal to the power exported (measured in kWh). These credits will be rolled over monthly.

  • No. In order to prevent billing issues, your system should be left off until a meter has been installed and you are contacted by Liberty Utilities informing you that the meter has been set.


  • Net energy metering means measuring the difference between the electricity supplied over the electric distribution system and the electricity generated by an eligible customer-generator which is fed back into the electric distribution system over a billing period.

    Eligible customer-generator means an electric utility customer who owns and operates electrical generating facilities powered by renewable energy with a total peak generating capacity of not more than 1000 kilowatts that is located on the customer’s premises, sized appropriately, is interconnected and operates in parallel with the electric grid, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer’s own electricity requirements.

  • Interconnection requirements for participating in the Net Metering program can be found here .

  • If you use more power than your generation system can provide, Liberty will supply the additional power that you need without interruption.

  • Liberty Utilities will contact you to let you know when this is completed.  You can also look for a Net Meter designation on the glass part of the meter.

  • As long as your meter is located on the outside of your home, you do not need to be home.

  • Once you have submitted all of the required completed documents, a Net Meter will be installed in approximately 10 days.

  • No. Unfortunately, customers in the Net Metering program cannot be on the Equal Payment Plan.

More Questions?  Contact Liberty Utilities’ Net Metering Administrator at (530) 543-5216 Mon-Fri from 7 am to 4 pm or email CAnetmetering@libertyutilities.com