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NET MEETING AND ZERO NET BY RICHARD A. FLOREY Marketing Director EcoVantage Energy, inc. www./ecovantageenergy.com more electricity in the daytime than they do in the evening. Net metering allows them to export that power to the grid, thus lowering their electric bills. According to SEIA.org, “Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. On average, only 20-40% of a solar energy system’s output ever goes into the grid. Exported solar electricity serves nearby customers’ loads.” (That is something we’ve mentioned before; you and your neighbors benefit from clean sine-wave electricity, which extends the life of all your appliances.) Net Metering: Creating Jobs and Investment Today, the solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers due partly to net metering policies which have allowed the solar industry to thrive. Net metering, not unlike the 30% tax credit, increases the demand for rooftop solar systems, which creates and sustains jobs for installers, electricians, and manufacturers. All of whom work in the solar supply chain. Being a Genuine Power Broker Well, not really. But, if you have decided to take the plunge into PV Solar electric power generation; what your system does with excess generation is something you’ll have to deal with. The first thing you’ll want to know is whether your existing provider allows putting excess power back into the grid. In fact, that is one of the top three questions we ask when working up a new customer quote. If your provider allows it, a special DRG meter will be installed that can read the out-flow, or excess electricity your system is generating; causing the meter to run backwards. The Optimum Solution: Solar Plus Battery Backup This configuration is the best all-around use of the technology today and seems tailor made for Texas weather. This includes enough solar to cover any and all household electrical use and having a battery bank sized expertly to store enough electricity from the solar panels to run essential household systems for up to eight hours. That right there is the dream. What happens to the energy I generate? Most solar customers produce What Is Net Metering? If you are producing more than you are consuming, then the excess energy goes to the grid. However, if you are consuming more than you are producing, then all of your generated energy is being consumed by you, and any additional energy requirements you have will be provided from the grid (i.e., in-flow kWh). 35