Green Mountain Energy Renewable Rewards Program

March 23, 2023


Texas does not have statewide net metering as the term is generally understood. However, retail electricity providers in Texas are permitted, but not required, to compensate customers for electricity produced by distributed renewable energy generation systems and exported to the electric grid. The program described below operates in a fashion similar to net metering and has similar customer benefits up to a certain point.

Eligibility and Availability

Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail electric provider of green electricity in Texas’s deregulated electricity market*, offers a special Renewable Rewards buy-back program to Texas customers who generate electricity from distributed solar or wind systems. The offer is only available to residential and business customers of Green Mountain Energy Company who purchase electricity under the company's Renewable Rewards product.

The arrangement requires the customer to enter into an interconnection agreement with their electric distribution utility (i.e., an entity different than Green Mountain Energy, which is a retail electric provider). The customer must also work with their distribution utility to install a meter capable of separately measuring the flow of electricity in both directions. Visit the program website to find utility interconnection contacts.

Net Excess Generation

Under the program, solar or wind systems are installed on the customer's side of the meter and may provide a portion of the customer's on-site electricity demand. Any net excess generation (NEG) produced by the customer’s system that is exported to the grid is metered separately, and the customer's account is credited the following month for the exported energy. The amount of the credit for residential customers is as follows:

  • the customer-generator is credited at the retail rate of the Renewable Rewards electricity product for all NEG

Customers can receive credits for excess generation up to their total electric usage; any credits past that limit are lost. For example, if a customer generates 250 kW of excess energy, and their total energy usage was 200 kW, they will receive credits for 200 kW.

The customer continues to pay the retail rate charged by Green Mountain under the Renewable Rewards program for all the electricity they consume from the grid during a month, as well as any applicable monthly service charges, advanced meter surcharges, taxes and fees, or other charges. Notably, customers retain title to any renewable energy credits (RECs) or other environmental attributes produced by the system. The maximum capacity for residential customers is 50 kW.

For business customers, Green Mountain Energy will credit their monthly invoice equal to the excess energy they generate multiplied by the contracted energy rate on their Green Mountain Energy electricity contract. The maximum capacity for a business customer’s grid-connected renewable energy system is 50 kW.


*  Texas’s deregulated electricity market spans the vast majority of the state, including the cities of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. Austin and San Antonio, which have municipal utilities, and El Paso, which is serviced by a regulated investor-owned utility, are notable exceptions. For more information on Texas’s deregulated electricity market click here or to find a retail provider click here

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (Small)
Applicable Utilities: Program is offered by a retail electric provider (REP); available to customers throughout the state where Green Mountain Energy offers retail electric service.
System Capacity Limit: 50 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit: No limit specified
Net Excess Generation: Excess credits can only be received up to the total electric usage; excess credits over this limit are lost. Residential:
All grid exports per month: Renewable Rewards retail rate
Credited at the contracted energy rate given on its Green Mountain Energy electricity contract
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Customer-generator
Meter Aggregation: Only for commercial customers


Name: Green Mountain Energy -- Public Information - Renewable Rewards Program
Organization: Green Mountain Energy
Address: P.O. Box 689008
Austin TX 78768
Phone: (866) 473-3689

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.