One of the biggest benefits of investing in a solar power system is the ability to take advantage of net metering. You can not only have free power, but also power that helps the environment. When it’s cloudy or it’s nighttime, however, your need for power obviously doesn’t stop. Instead of having to rely on a bank of batteries that have stored power in them, you can use net metering instead to supply all the power that you need. Here are some of the main reasons you should seriously consider participating in this type of program.
Credit Where Credit is Due
A net metering program is offered by a local utility. It simply means that as a solar power customer, you connect your system to that of the utility, feeding extra power into the utility’s distribution grid. Your contribution to the grid is tracked by a meter. You are credited for the excess power your solar system generates, and when the sun does not supply enough power the utility supplies it instead. In most cases, you can “bank” the extra power you generate up to a year.
No Need for Maintenance
Since you won’t need a backup battery (or a generator, for that matter), you won’t have to worry about maintaining your system. When you have a net metering arrangement with your utility, all you’ll need will be your solar panels and inverter — and neither of those have to be maintained by the owner. Solar panels and inverters can last 25 years or more.
Serious Storage Capabilities
“Off-grid” solar power systems typically rely on batteries that can only store power for about 3-5 days. However, with net metering you can tap into your “banked” power several months later if needed.
If you have any questions about how net metering works, or you want to know about the availability of this program in your area, get in touch with an expert at Global Efficient Energy by either contacting us online or calling us at 1-888-826-7881.