You may not call it compensation but my Net generation shows up as a credit that offsets most of the other charges. My ROI on my solar investment is directly related to the reduction of costs which I previously incurred.No. This is because under NEM the utilities do not compensate solar producers at retail for power produced. This is enforced by the NEM rules and implementations.
The CAISO can not measure the generation of residential customers because it shows up on the grid as a decrease in demand. At any point during the day, the 5kWs which my solar system exports when I have minimal loads also covers my neighbors' loads and presumably never makes it back to the closest substation.Unlike commercial generators of power, residential NEM customers are not a source of power
Call it what you like but residential generation does have a significant impact on the shape of the Duck Curve. And it cannot be as easily curtailed as other sources of generation which are accountable to CAISO (the grid).