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Net Metering

Net metering is a law in New Jersey and in most states throughout the nation that allows an electric generator to export power to the grid provided the electricity is compatible with the grid power. Grid tied solar electric are permitted to export electricity to the grid whenever the system is generating more electricity than is being consumed by the facility. Solar electric systems that qualify for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program's SREC program are "grid connected" and subject to net metering regulations.

When a solar electric system is generating more power than is used by the facility, the surplus electricity is sent to the utility, spinning your meter backwards and accumulating a credit. The credit will be reduced as electricity is taken from the grid. If at the end of a billing year, the solar system has produced more electricity than was used, then the utility will pay for the surplus amount.

Solar systems that are connected to the grid must automatically shut down should there be a loss of power on the grid. Electricity cannot be exported to the grid should repairs be in progress. 

Note: Solar electric production occurs during midday, reducing the more expensive "on-peak" electric rate that may be as high as $.27 per kWh.

About the Net Metering Illustration:

Typical Electrical Consumption

Represents the typical yearly electric usage of a home located in New Jersey. There is a higher power consumption during winter months due to lighting and heating and also during the summer months because of air conditioning.

Solar System Production

Shows the amount of electricity generated from a solar electric system throughout the year with a major amount being generated during the summer months.

Electrical Consumption with Solar Power

The resultant electrical consumption for a house with a solar system closely matches the annual consumption of the house. While the amount of utility supplied electricity is decreased in the summer and winter months, the solar system may produce more electricity than is consumed during the spring and fall months - resulting in a credit being accumulated for the homeowner.