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Selling Solar Power Back To the Power Companies

A way that you can save money using solar energy, is by selling your excess power to the power company. Many states have laws that require the electric companies to buy excess power from property owners generating their own electricity. Not only can you power your home for free using solar energy, you can make money using solar energy.
Most utility companies offer what is called “net metering,” which describes how they take energy from your PVsolar energy system and upload that electricity to the power grid. You don’t actually make money using net metering in that you don’t get a check from the power company but you do get a credit to your account for all the energy that they take from your solar power supply. What that means is when you are producing excess power and sending it to the electrical credit you get credits that offset when you are not producing enough solar power electricity and have to take electricity from the grid.
Since most homes don’t use solar energy for 100% of their power even if they have a PVsolar energy system having the power company give you credit for excess energy is a nice way to get rid of your electric bill each month. If you have more credit than you use that credit will just roll over from month to month, it’s very rare for the energy company to actually send you a check; you’d have to have a huge solar panel array for that.

However, you don’t need to have an ultra powerful solar panel setup in order to have excess energy that you can sell back to the electric company. Since the amount of power that you generate with your solar panes is dependent on how much sun your property gets it’s possible that you could get enough sun during the hot summer months to build up a large credit with the electric company during the summer and then you can use that credit to pay for electricity that you need to use during the winter months when you don’t get as much sun.
To be hooked up to the grid like this and be able to both take in and put out power required very specific electrical equipment. It is a different setup than if you were not connected to the grid and were powering your building directly and only from the solar panels. Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in this type of equipment and they can help you determine exactly the equipment you need.

Each power company has different rules about the application process to be approved for net metering so if you’re interested in learning about net metering you should contact your local power company to find out the details of net metering where you live. Regardless of where you life you will probably have to have your solar panel setup inspected by the electric company and you might need to make some minor adjustments to your system in order to meet their qualifications.

Selling power back to the electric company or back to the grid as it’s called is a great way to save money and it’s just one more way that using solar energy can pay off for you. It also is a very good feeling to make the electric company pay you for a change! Using net metering even when you do need to use grid electricity you won’t have to pay for it making the solar energy panels well worth the cost.

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