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Invention will save solar customers time, money

Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 21:06:35-04

San Diego Gas & Electric touted its Renewable Meter Adapter Friday at a home in Rancho Bernardo.

One of its employees invented the adapter that makes connecting rooftop solar panels cheaper, faster and safer.

"The process to have it done was actually a lot simpler than I thought," said homeowner Robert Clossin.

"It's designed for solar and wind customers," said Ken Parks, an SDG&E Customer Generation Manager and co-inventor of the RMA.

The RMA can be installed in less than 30 minutes and costs new solar customers roughly $1,300.

"Typically, it will take four to six weeks to get a service panel upgrade and tons of money," said Parks.

That's the best-case scenario.

Parks said upgrading an electric panel and tunneling underground to a nearby transformer could cost a homeowner upwards of $10,000 and may take weeks to finish.

The Renewable Meter Adapter also makes installation safer because solar crews only need to plug into a single box that's already mounted outside the house.

For more information on the RMA, which is only available to SDG&E customers, click here.