Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.
For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night, or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output. Customers are only billed for their «net» energy use.
Giving Customers Control Over Their Electricity Bills
During the day, most solar customers produce more electricity than they consume. Net metering allows them to export that power to the grid and reduce their future electric bills.
Protecting the Electric Grid
Net metering policies create a smoother demand curve for electricity and allow utilities to better manage their peak electricity loads.
Creating Jobs & Encouraging Private Investment
Net metering provides substantial economic benefits in terms of jobs, income and investment. It increases demand for solar energy systems, which in turn creates jobs for the installers, electricians, and manufacturers who work in the solar supply chain.