Net Metering

March 03, 2023


Nevada's original net-metering law for renewable-energy systems was enacted in 1997 and amended in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and certain types of hydropower are generally eligible, although systems greater than 25 kilowatts (kW) in capacity may be subject to certain costs at the utility's discretion. Systems must be designed to offset part or all of a customer-generator's electricity requirements. A system is not eligible for net metering if its generating capacity exceeds the greater of (1) the limit on demand that the class of customer of the customer-generator may place on the utility's system, or (2) 100% of the customer's annual electricity demand. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Nevada
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Applicable Utilities: Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit: The lesser of 1 MW or 100% of the customer's annual requirements for electricity
Net Excess Generation: Systems up to 25 kW: monthly net excess generation credited at a rate equal to 75% of retail rate
Systems larger than 25 kW and up to 1 MW: Monthly netting at the retail rate. Any credits that exceed the customer's monthly bill will be carried over to the next billing period indefinitely.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Customer owns RECs (unless utility subsidizes system)
Meter Aggregation: Not addressed for most technologies.
Meter aggregation allowed for hydro installations across contiguous properties owned by the customer generator.
Meter aggregation allowed for very specific wind projects.


Name: NRS 704.766 et seq.
Date Enacted: 7/1/1997
Expiration Date: None
Name: NAC 704.881 et seq.
Date Enacted: 2004
Effective Date: 2004
Name: Public Utilities Commission Final Order
Date Enacted: 09/01/2017


Name: General Contact North Office
Organization: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Carson City NV 89701
Phone: (775) 684-6101
Name: General Contact South Office
Organization: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Address: 9075 W. Diablo Drive, Suite 250
Las Vegas NV 89148
Phone: (702) 486-7210

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.