Net Metering: How Solar Can Make the Power Grid Rely on You

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With the recent issues regarding the electricity infrastructure after last year’s wildfires, it’s clear that people want to reduce their reliance on the so-called grid. Unfortunately, as it stands, your power can be shut off by big, powerful utility companies. Luckily, solar energy is an exciting way to “opt-out” of this unfair structure. Adding a solar battery is one of the best ways to conserve the energy your panels generate for later use, decreasing your reliance on the grid.

However, did you know that you can use the grid for your benefit! Especially in California where the energy system is taxed even before there’s a crisis, the grid is always in need of more energy. This can flip the script and make the power grid rely on you and your solar system. Net metering is the reason why. We’ll explain how it works.

What Is Net Metering?

Net metering is simply a form of billing that saves money for customers who sell their solar-generated electricity back to the grid in exchange for credit on their utility bills. It may surprise you, but the majority of people with solar panels still spend on their electric utilities. This is necessary when there is particularly cloudy days, or you need energy at night when your system can’t generate energy. It’s a small amount, but it can add up over time.

However, you can lower this bill by selling electricity back to the grid when you have extra. Especially during peak energy times, this can add up to quite a bit of savings! It can equal hundreds of dollars over the course of a full year.

How Does It Work?

It’s rather simple. With a bit of added equipment, your system will automatically send energy back through the grid where it can be redirected to houses that need it. Essentially, all homeowners with a solar system can act as one part of a huge solar farm.

This is also a way to help the entire community who we all share energy with. By increasing the supply of electricity, you can help lower costs for everyone and lower the chances that someone’s power gets turned off. Getting solar energy installed makes you a good neighbor!

Does Net Metering Require Special Equipment to Work?

The only needed addition is the standard bi-directional meter. This small piece of equipment isn’t too expensive and pays for itself very quickly.

If you want to lower your utility costs significantly by installing a solar system, give us at Energy Concepts a call at (559) 377-7080 or fill out an online contact form.