Recently, we have experienced some intense heat, breaking multiple records of daily high temperatures! It is not too late to take advantage of the upcoming summer! Here at Got Sun Go Solar, we are passionate about helping you save money on electricity, as well as helping everyone do their part in saving the planet.
Last year, Massachusetts ranked #7 in the country in best states to go solar in. Many businesses, as well as homeowners, have done their part in going solar and reducing their carbon footprint. Massachusetts seeks to surpass their previous ranking in 2017, let us help them do it!
For folks interested in learning more about Net Metering, please review the article below from our partner, SEIA
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. Many states have passed net metering laws. In other states, utilities may offer net metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. Differences between states’ legislation and implementation mean that the benefits of net metering can vary widely for solar customers in different areas of the country.
What Is Net Metering?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s 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. On average, only 20-40% of a solar energy system’s output ever goes into the grid. Exported solar electricity serves nearby customers’ loads.
This digital meter runs in both directions to accommodate electricity generated at this customer’s home.
A 4 kilowatt PV system on a home in this area would offset around 4911 kilowatt hours
of electricity each calendar year, saving the homeowner over $380 on their utility bill.
(Source – NREL PV Watts, EIA)
Giving Customers Control Over Their Electricity Bills
Net metering allows utility customers to generate their own electricity cleanly and efficiently. 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. California public agencies and schools will save $2.5 billion in electricity costs over the next 30 years using net metering.
Creating Jobs & Encouraging Private Investment
Net metering provides substantial statewide economic benefits in terms of jobs, income and investment. Net metering increases demand for solar energy systems, which in turn creates jobs for the installers, electricians, and manufacturers who work in the solar supply chain. Today, the solar industry employs nearly 174,000 American workers in large part due to strong state net metering policies which have allowed the solar industry to thrive.
Protecting the Electric Grid
Unfortunately, some utilities perceive net metering policies as lost revenue opportunities. In fact, net metering policies create a smoother demand curve for electricity and allow utilities to better manage their peak electricity loads. By encouraging generation near the point of consumption, net metering also reduces the strain on distribution systems and prevents losses in long-distance electricity transmission and distribution.
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We at Got Sun Go Solar just attended a very informative event in Boston hosted by, Solar Power Events!
Got Sun Go Solar, a proud member of SEIA, we met with a vary of distributors, marketing professionals, EPC contractors, and the new upcoming manufacturers for Photovoltaic modules and components.
With over 1,300 attending the event and over 60 exhibitors focusing on the Northeastern region of the United States, we learned much about the direction Massachuetts is leaning in for solar energy and what they are investing their money into, to promote and further the clean solar world we are heading towards.