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ROOFTOP SOLAR CHANGES ... If you live in Palo Alto and are considering rooftop solar, the deadline is approaching for the end of the Net Energy Metering program. This gives customers with solar power on their homes a special billing arrangement for electricity generated by their rooftop systems. The city plans to transition to a different program once it reaches its 10.8-megawatt cap for the current program, which is expected to happen this month. Under the newer program, customers would still receive a credit for hourly electricity exported to the grid but at a different rate. To ensure that all customers evaluating solar can apply for the city's NEM program this year the city utilities staff is recommending that City Council extend NEM program eligibility to all solar applicants through Dec. 31. In addition, the city is planning to extend the program's window within which customers must complete their solar project to 12 months. The Palo Alto City Council will review these recommendations at its Dec. 11 meeting. If approved, the program rule changes will take effect on Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org/solar or cityofpaloalto.org/nemreservation.

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