Last Updated: May 6th, 2020 at 3:15 pm
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If you’re new to solar energy, you may be skeptical when hearing that excess solar power produced by your solar panels can spin your electricity meter backwards. After all, didn’t Ferris Bueller humorously fail to turn back the odometer on the vintage Ferrari owned by the father of his best friend despite his attempt to run the car in reverse?
The fact is, in an age where digital meters are predominant, the process of “spinning the meter backward” is more of a figurative term to help consumers better understand the process that takes place. Excess power produced by your solar system is pushed back to the electric grid for a credit, lowering the amount you pay the utility company. That process is called net metering.
If you look at a digital meter set up for net metering, you will see an arrow pointing to the left when excess power is being sent back to the grid. That cumulative number is tallied on screen. Meanwhile, if your home is using more power than your solar system can produce at any one time, your arrow will point to the right, indicating you are pulling power from the grid and are billed accordingly.
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Net metering is the best of both worlds for solar customers. While the energy that your solar panels produce is used first for your home’s needs, your connectivity to the grid means that you still have a reliable power source either when you’re using more power than what your system is producing at any one time, or when your system is not producing energy at all in night hours. The only drawback to net metering is that your solar system loses its capacity to produce power during blackouts. Even though there is no off switch on the sun, your system shuts down for safety reasons, because utility workers sent to repair broken lines would otherwise be subject to danger in handling lines with electricity still coursing through them.
The end result of net metering is that you benefit from all the power that your system produces, directly from your panels, or indirectly through credits applied to your much smaller electric bill. When going solar saves you money on top of being good for the environment, it is a win all around.
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