Individuals that are brand new to the solar industry often want to know two things:
1.How does a home stay powered when the sun isn’t shining?
2.What happens to the energy that isn’t used but produced during the day?
These questions can both be answered through the utility grid and net metering.
When a home chooses to install a solar system, they are left connected to the utility grid (or the main electrical system). By remaining connected to the utility grid, a home can ensure that the power doesn’t just randomly shut off if they don’t produce enough solar energy one day. It fills in the gaps of power, so you don’t have to live in fear of losing your lights.
But what happens when you produce too much power? When connected to the utility grid, that energy goes back into the grid. The energy company ends up paying you for producing energy for them, which is known as net metering. It is what makes solar energy so beneficial when trying to cut costs and save money.
So net metering can be used for personal gain, but does it factor into the green revolution our society is currently facing?
Thinking About We, Instead of Me
Think about a functioning system: all of the parts moving together as a unit to achieve a goal. As more and more people join the solar power movement, our system continues to grow and work better.
If an entire neighborhood switched to solar, they could begin producing solar power with and for each other. If one home produced excessive power, another house could use that power. The neighborhood becomes an ecosystem that thrives on clean, renewable energy.
A solar energy works best with a community of solar users. By joining the functioning system, you benefit from the functioning system.
To learn more about solar energy possibilities, call SunPower by Quality Home Services today!