March 3, 2022

Other Utilities

DOES MY POWER COMPANY ALLOW SOLAR?

Nearly all power companies allow residential, grid-tied solar. Check with your power company. Some power companies allow annual net metering.

IS A SOLAR SYSTEM RIGHT FOR ME?

Yes if it saves you enough money to provide a good return on investment, (ROI). ROI means how quickly the monthly savings will pay down the cost of the solar system. There are many factors that must be considered in this calculation. THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS: does your power company allow Annual Net Metering?

WHAT IS ANNUAL NET METERING?

Annual Net metering is also called Net Metering and NEMA (Net Energy Metering Agreement).

Net Metering is the process that the power company uses to determine your electrical bill when you have a grid-tied solar system. 

The power company, (the grid) charges you for electricity that they measure in KWh, (kilowatt hours). A grid-tied solar system produces power that is measured in KWh.

A simplified way to understand Net Metering is to think of it as a bookkeepers’ balance sheet. 

When you use electricity from the grid, those KWh are entered as a negative that you get charged for.

When your solar system produces power, those KWh are used by the appliances in your house. The excess KWh then flow thru your meter and into the grid. The excess power is what runs your meter backward.

When your meter runs backward, those KWh are entered into the balance sheet as a positive that you get credit for.  

These negatives and positives, (charges and credits) are recorded every day for one fiscal year.

The net difference at the end of the year is your annual electric bill. This is just the usage charge, not the taxes, fees, etc.

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Customizing your solar system is important for many special applications. We offer comprehensive energy usage analysis and recommendations. We also design small and large commercial single and 3 phase systems.

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