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SCE generation cap exceeded?

Dukeybootie

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Nov 12, 2015
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My additional panels went online this past month and I got this message on this month's bill. Was expecting a lot more generation credit but looks like I got capped, which has never happened before. Has anyone had this happen? I'm still a net consumer, just entirely during super off peak hours.
 

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h2ofun

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Aug 11, 2020
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auburn, ca
My additional panels went online this past month and I got this message on this month's bill. Was expecting a lot more generation credit but looks like I got capped, which has never happened before. Has anyone had this happen? I'm still a net consumer, just entirely during super off peak hours.
So, were your addition panels approved by SCE? What is the amount in writing you have from them approving how much you can produce?
 

jjrandorin

Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
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Riverside Co. CA
Not approved yet -- passed city inspection but still awaiting PTO. Maybe that is the issue.

That would be my guess. Your current PTO has a system size that they expect XXX for generation. This is likely to prevent people who just add more panels and dont tell them (I am 10000% sure that happens).

I have never seen that notice from SCE but it doesnt surprise me that they have an expectation of amount of generation logged somewhere and if you go outside the number, they dont pay you for it.
 
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h2ofun

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Aug 11, 2020
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auburn, ca
My additional panels went online this past month and I got this message on this month's bill. Was expecting a lot more generation credit but looks like I got capped, which has never happened before. Has anyone had this happen? I'm still a net consumer, just entirely during super off peak hours.
How many, and what size, panels did you add. How many and capacity did you have approval for?
 

Dukeybootie

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Nov 12, 2015
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How many, and what size, panels did you add. How many and capacity did you have approval for?
I had 20 to begin with and added 15. Have always been a net consumer over 5 years of being on solar and we have two EVs. Installer took care of the application process so not sure what I was actually approved for. In any event, I have generated more in one monthly cycle in the past with just 20 panels and always gotten full NEM credit so it was a little surprising to see this notice.
 

power.saver

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Mar 4, 2018
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Arcadia, CA
I had 20 to begin with and added 15. Have always been a net consumer over 5 years of being on solar and we have two EVs. Installer took care of the application process so not sure what I was actually approved for. In any event, I have generated more in one monthly cycle in the past with just 20 panels and always gotten full NEM credit so it was a little surprising to see this notice.
You're not alone. I've had solar since 2006 and I received a similar notice on my February billing statement. It said I had 90kWh of forfeited generation and this has never happened before. I checked my generation against last February, and it was slightly lower (538kWh vs. 560kWh) so something appears to be wrong in SCE's billing system.
 

charlesj

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Oct 22, 2019
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Monterey, CA
You're not alone. I've had solar since 2006 and I received a similar notice on my February billing statement. It said I had 90kWh of forfeited generation and this has never happened before. I checked my generation against last February, and it was slightly lower (538kWh vs. 560kWh) so something appears to be wrong in SCE's billing system.
Are you willing to call them to see what's going on? Did they change policy without notification? What will be the generation limit in the months ahead?
This is curious as most likely you are grandfathered in for 20 years I would guess as I am.
 
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h2ofun

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Are you willing to call them to see what's going on? Did they change policy without notification? What will be the generation limit in the months ahead?
This is curious as most likely you are grandfathered in for 20 years I would guess as I am.
Yes. would love to know what is going on
 

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