Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 30, 2007- Growth in the number of net metering customers in the U.S. has been rapid, increasing to 21,146 customers in 2005 up from 4,472 customers in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration in its latest green pricing and net metering program review.
This also amounted to an increase of 5,320 customers, or 34 percent, from the previous year. The majority of these customers, 19,244, were residential while 1,902 were non-residential.
Over the same period the number of industry participants doubled to 188 in 2005 from 96 in 2002.
Thirty-two states reported net gains of net metering customers in 2005. California accounted for a net gain of 3,921 customers followed by New Jersey with 297, and these two states also had the largest number of net metering customers in 2005 – California with 17,427 customers and New Jersey with 604 customers.
This is attributed in part to more aggressive support for renewable energy in these two states, particularly for energy sources like roof-top solar, which is a popular application for net metering.
Ten states reported having fewer than ten net metering customers in 2005, among them Georgia with one residential net metering customer and West Virginia with one non-residential customer.