How It Works
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What Times Do Solar Energy Pick Best
Solar energy systems typically hit peak electricity production in the afternoon, when many people aren’t home using electricity. By contrast, home electricity use is typically higher in the mornings and evenings. Net metering helps you to account for these ups and downs in your day-to-day electricity production and usage.
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Where does the Excess Electricity go to
With net metering, excess electricity is fed into your electric utility’s grid when your system is producing more than you need. When this happens, your meter runs in reverse. When your system isn’t producing enough electricity, you can draw it from your utility just as you did before you went solar. This “back-and-forth” between your system and the grid ensures that your excess production will still be used, and your shortages will be met. With net metering, the excess electricity your home produces cover the times when you don’t produce enough.
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How is the System Cost Effective
When your solar power system generates more electricity than you use over the course of a month, your utility bill will receive a credit based on the net number of kilowatt-hours you gave back to the grid. If you produce less electricity than you use in a given month, you must buy electricity from your utility to make up the difference. In these instances, you would pay for the electricity you use, minus any excess electricity your solar panels generated.