Austin Energy - Net Metering

August 13, 2020


Eligibility and Availability

Austin Energy, the municipal utility of Austin Texas, offers net metering to its non-residential retail electricity customers for renewable energy systems up to 20 kilowatts (kW). Austin Energy offers the Value of Solar rate instead of net metering for residential customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems no larger than 20 kW. The current Performance Based Incentive Rate being accepted is $0.09/kWh for a ten year term.

The definition of renewable includes solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal energy, biomass, and biomass-based waste products, including landfill gas.

Systems must be used primarily to offset a portion or all of a customer's on-site electric load. Metering is accomplished using a single meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in both directions (delivered and received) to determine net energy flows. All systems must meet the requirements of Austin Energy's interconnection guidelines and the customer is responsible for all interconnection costs.

Net Excess Generation

Customers that generate more electricity than they consume during a monthly billing period will receive a credit for net excess generation (NEG) at the appropriate avoided cost rate. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Tidal
  • Wave
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Utilities: Austin Energy
System Capacity Limit: 20 kW - AC
Aggregate Capacity Limit: No limit specified
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not addressed
Meter Aggregation: Not addressed


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Municipal Solid Waste, Landfill Gas, Tidal, Wave, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small), Anaerobic Digestion
Sectors: Commercial
Parameters: The incentive is 0.09 $/kWh


Name: Ordinance No. 20120607-055 - Distributed Generation from Renewable Sources Rider
Date Enacted: 06/07/2012


Name: Leslie Libby
Organization: Austin Energy
Address: 206 E. Ninth Street, Suite 17.102
Austin TX 78701
Phone: (512) 482-5390

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.