What Net Metering Means To You

Jess Hutton | July 20, 2015 | Industry Knowledge

There are times when your solar system is generating more energy than you need to keep the lights on, especially during peak sun hours. Some day, people may choose to store surplus energy with advanced battery systems, but for now—for the vast majority of homes—the best available option is net metering.

Net metering lets you feed excess solar energy back into the grid, and in return, you get a credit on your utility bill. As an added bonus, you’re also limiting the amount of fossil fuels needed to keep up with growing energy demands on the grid. You save, and so does the environment.

Who’s eligible for net metering?

If you have a home solar system and are connected to the grid, you are probably eligible for some form of net metering. The terms vary from state to state, and utility to utility, but most places have decided by now that net metering is good for everyone involved.

Here’s great resource for discovering what solar incentives are available in your area:

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®

You can also filter by state and net metering:

California, for example.

How much will I benefit?

Unless you are using every last watt of solar energy you produce—around the clock—you stand to benefit from net metering.

How much? Well, that depends on the following factors:

System Size: Systems are proportional to how much energy a household uses and how many panels the homes’ rooftop can accommodate. Overall, the more you conserve energy, the more you stand to benefit from solar and net metering.

State/Utility Policy: Probably the most important factor to consider. Do your homework and find out how much your utility pays for the excess energy. On the governmental side, make sure you support policy that encourages utilities to offer more lucrative net metering terms.

Local Weather: Since savings are directly tied to energy production, the amount you get back will fluctuate based on how sunny it’s been. And even though we can’t control the weather, we can keep this factor in mind when comparing savings month-to-month.

Learn More With Just Energy Solar

Just Energy Solar is a provider of solar power in New York and California, two states that strongly support net metering. Get in touch today, and one of our personal solar advisors will help find out how net metering works at your local utility. The more you know, the more going solar makes sense.


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