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Questions about your Rooftop Solar Buyback plan?

You’re in the right place. Read on to learn more about setup, usage, bills, and tracking your usage and consumption.

LET'S START WITH THE BIG ONE

How does solar buyback work with Rhythm?

Simple. Your panels absorb sunlight and produce energy. And that energy can go to one of two places.

Power for me

It goes to your home (known as self-consumption) and reduces the amount of kWh that are consumed from the grid. These kWh will not be shown on your Rhythm bill since they don’t interact with your home’s utility meter. Because you consume it.

Power for thee

If your panels produce more energy than you use in your home, you’ll have what we in the biz like to call surplus generation. This excess energy is sent back to the grid and is used by other homes in your community. This surplus generation amount up to monthly usage will appear on your Rhythm bill as buyback credits.

That was a lot of words. If you’re more of a picture person, here’s how it works—visually.

1. Solar panels produce electricity from the sun’s rays.

2. Your solar panel production goes from your solar panels to your electricity meter. Your home uses what it needs. This is called self-consumption.

3. If there’s extra energy, it goes to the grid, and with Rhythm’s Solar Buyback, it earns you Solar Buyback Credits.

So, when solar panel production hits your electricity meter, it can go 1 of 2 places - to your home as self-consumption or if there is surplus, to the grid as Solar Buyback Credits.

4. Save money by using those credits toward that month's bill.

Questions about setup

This is a form that is filled out by you with your transmission and distribution provider [TDSP] (CenterPoint, Oncor, AEP, TNMP) and allows you to sell back any excess energy to a retail electric provider. IMPORTANT: If it’s not on file when enrolling with Rhythm, you will not receive any solar credits until interconnection is completed by the TDSP.

It takes to 2-3 billing cycles from the date that your Permission to Operate is on file for your TDSP to complete interconnection between your meter and ERCOT. Interconnection completion is when ERCOT and Rhythm are informed of your home’s surplus generation and your meter has a PV (photovoltaic) load profile. Unfortunately, this timeline is standard with the TDSP and ERCOT and cannot be altered.

If it's been more than 90 days since the Permission to Operate was signed and you haven't received Solar Buyback credits, please reach out to Rhythm so we can take a further look into your account and see if there is a delay with the TDSP or ERCOT. 

Questions about your bill

It’ll have its own line on your bill, and you can see it below. And as a reminder, it’s calculated by multiplying the surplus generation (up to monthly consumption) by the contracted Energy Charge rate.

Rooftop Solar Buyback Bill Example

It’ll be reflected as a line item on your bill, as illustrated above.

Your credits will be applied to your outstanding bill. If you move, transfer your service, or switch providers, any accumulated credits will be lost.

When you renew on our Rooftop Solar Buyback plan, we will roll over any accumulated credits from your previous Rhythm plan. However, any future Solar Buyback Credits for surplus generation will be capped at monthly usage.

Questions about tracking usage, consumption, and surplus

All the information provided on your bill can be verified in Smart Meter Texas.  To gain access, you’ll need to set up an account at smartmetertexas.com.

Go to Sign Up > Select Residential Account > Fill in your user information.

You’ll also need some info to get all set up, which is outlined below:

  • ESI ID: You can find this on My Account in your service info or on your invoice.

  • Meter Number: This can be found on your bill as well.

  • Your retail provider information: RHYTHM OPS, LLC (LSE)

  1. Go to Report Type > Energy Data 15 Min Intervals.

  2. Choose the date range you’re trying to pull data from.

  3. Click Submit Update and then Export My Report. This will automatically download an Excel document with your consumption and surplus for the specified dates chosen.

Smart Meter Texas

1. Ensure you’re on the Home tab, which is located in the upper-left corner of the Excel document.

2. On the right side of the toolbar, click on Sort & Filter, then click Filter. This should give you an arrow drop down menu for every column title.

Consumption and surplus spreadsheet

3. Click the drop down arrow for Consumption/Surplus Generation. This will give you an option to choose Select All, Consumption, or Surplus Generation. Choose which one(s) you’d like info for and click OK.

Consumption surplus generation

4. Once you’ve chosen your data, click on column F and it will reflect your total sum in the bottom field—located in the bottom right corner.  

Consumption and surplus spreadsheet

5. You’ll see your solar system’s data for the dates you chose.  

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