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How Does Net-Metering Work?

So you’re interested in getting solar installed on your home or your business, but not sure because the sun is only up about 60% of the time. No need to fret, net-metering is the solution.

One-For-One Energy Credit

Net-metering (NEM) is how a utility company takes your excess energy generated and provides you an equal amount of kilowatts at no additional charge. If you use more energy than you produce, you will need to pay the utility company the net amount. A pretty small requirement for something that greatly benefits homeowners. For example, as a homeowner, you can save tens of thousands of dollars  over the lifetime of their solar panel system. NEM is also a big reason why solar panels increases the value of your home. In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that every dollar saved on energy through solar increases home value by $20.

In Texas, NEM can be confusing because not every utility company is willing to provide this one-to-one credit for solar energy. Some utility companies aren’t even willing to provide access to the grid if a property has solar panels. Fortunately, more utility companies are accommodating their  growth. Utility companies will need to do more to support electric independence. That is,  if they don’t want to become a thing of the past.

Get Paid To Go Solar

Some utility companies like CPS Energy in San Antonio have been supportive of residential solar. Not only do they provide NEM, they also pay you for excess electricity you produce by the end of the month!

It gets better.

CPS Energy also gives a $2,500 to $3,000 solar rebate to homeowners. Commercial property owners can receive an even LARGER rebate for going solar (more on commercial solar here).  However, you’ll need to have a registered contractor – like Solar Edge Pros – do the installation in order to receive the rebate. The reason utility companies are giving out rebates is because the federal government fines them for not producing enough energy from renewable resources. By going solar, you are saving them money. And lowering the strain on the Texas electric grid! Most of these rebates won’t be around forever. CPS Energy’s rebate fund is capped at $2 million. You can find more information on rebates here.

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