Everyone hates getting their electric bill. But homeowners where temperatures are high almost year-round, have the most reason to worry. Local utilities charge customers in these areas nearly criminal rates to keep their homes cool and the prices just climb every year.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these costs could be avoided? Wouldn’t it be better if instead of paying the electric company, the utility company paid you? It may sound impossible but with solar panels and a net metering plan, you can earn credits from your electric company.
If you’re already a solar homeowner, you’ve probably heard of net metering. But you may not know what it means.
Net metering “is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid” (1). If you are on a net metering plan, whenever your solar panels generate more energy than you use, it will be fed back into the grid system. The utility company then compensates you for the power your system has generated.
When this happens your electric meter will spin backwards, “providing a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods when your home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output” (1). This means with net metering you are only charged the difference between the power you use (when your system isn’t generating electricity at night) and the excess power your panels generate (during the day)—your home’s “net” power usage.
This is great news for solar homeowners and all their neighbors. Solar homeowners get credited for making the money-saving switch to solar while their neighbors benefit from the extra power they’re pumping into the grid. The more solar homeowners on net metering plans, the more power there is on the grid, which will eventually lower the price of electricity.
Sadly, this consumer benefit makes utility companies nervous. They fear that if many solar homeowners make this smart switch to a net metering plan, they will lose substantial revenue. And, they’d be right!
If you make the switch to solar and ask your utility company to put you on their net metering plan, you may benefit from unbeatable savings.
So set yourself free from the utility company this season with the power of SunPower solar panels, installed by the licensed roofing and electrical experts!