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Maximizing Solar Benefits: A Guide to Net Metering

What is Net Metering couple looking at their electricity bill reading their smart meter

What is Net Metering?

Net energy metering (NEM) is a billing arrangement in which excess electricity production from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is tracked by your electricity provider and subtracted from your monthly electric utility bill.

When a solar system produces more kilowatt-hours of electricity than the home is consuming, the excess generation is fed back into the grid.

How Does Net Metering Work?

how net metering works

Benefits of Net Metering

Save on Utility Bills

Concerned about high utility bills? Net metering reduces them by letting solar panels power your home. Without net metering, your solar system can only offset immediate power usage when the panels generate electricity.

Energy Independence

With net metering, you become less reliant on the grid for electricity. You can use your stored energy credits during the evenings or on cloudy days, enhancing your energy self-sufficiency.

Environmental Impact

By using your excess solar energy and reducing reliance on conventional grid electricity, you contribute to a greener, more sustainable future by lowering your carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Community and Grid Benefits

Net metering can reduce the strain on the electrical grid during peak demand, leading to a more stable and reliable energy supply for everyone in your community.


In summary, net metering is a win-win for solar customers, providing cost savings, energy independence, environmental benefits, long-term financial gains, and a brighter, more sustainable future.

More on Net Metering:

Residential Net Metering FAQs | ComEd

Understanding Your Bill with Net Metering | Ameren

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