Net Metering, Explained: How Excess Solar Energy Can Benefit You

While using a solar panel system, you may have times where your panels collect excess solar energy. But what can you do with that excess energy? That’s where net metering comes in.

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What is Net Metering?

Net metering is a billing arrangement between you and your utility company that allows you to earn credits for the excess solar energy your system produces. When your solar panels generate more electricity than your home or business needs, that surplus is sent back to the electric grid. Your utility company then compensates you for the energy you’ve contributed, usually in the form of credits on your electricity bill.

How Does Net Metering Work?

To understand net metering, it’s essential to know a bit about the two-way flow of electricity between your solar panel system and the electric grid. Here’s an explanation of the process:

  1. Your solar panels generate electricity during the day when the sun is shining.
  2. The electricity your panels produce is either used by your home or business or sent back to the grid.
  3. At night or on cloudy days, when your solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity, you draw power from the grid to meet your energy needs.
  4. Your utility company tracks the net difference between the electricity you generate and the electricity you consume.

At the end of each billing period, if you’ve generated more electricity than you’ve used, you’ll receive credits on your bill. These credits can be applied to future energy costs, potentially saving you money over time.

Maximizing the Benefits of Net Metering

To make the most of net metering, you’ll want to ensure that your solar panel system is designed to meet your specific energy needs. This involves selecting the right type and size of solar panels, as well as positioning them for optimal sunlight exposure. A professional solar installer can help you determine the best configuration for your home or business.

If you’re considering solar panels for your home or business in Bohemia, NY, and want to take advantage of net metering, look no further than Empire Clean Energy Supply. Give us a call at 631.589.4340 to learn more.