Net Metering and Grid-Tied Solar Energy Systems

Net metering is a policy geared toward promoting solar power in a more widespread sense. Homeowners who adopt solar energy can participate in the grid as producers of distributed energy. Basically, solar panels installed on rooftops can power the home while sending excess power back to the grid, which can be used by other utility customers. 

Think of solar energy as a way to turn back the dial on your meter, which will subtract power sent back to the grid from the total power consumption by the homeowner who uses solar energy. 

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Net metering is a way for rooftop solar owners to boost their return on investment while reducing the amount of stress put on the electric grid. 

With the installation of a bidirectional meter, electricity that is supplied by utility companies and surplus energy produced by solar can both be measured effectively. In the event that solar panels produce excess energy that goes unused, this energy is fed back to the electric grid, causing the meter to run in reverse, which results in credits on the monthly power bill. Credits can be used when relying on the grid when solar energy production is less efficient, such as during the nighttime. 

Grid-Tied Solar Power Systems

As suggestive of the name, grid-tied solar systems are connected to the local main electricity grid and can operate without being connected to a solar battery. Grid-tied solar power systems are simple and considered cost-effective. 

Solar systems are available as grid-tied, off-grid, as well as hybrid systems. Grid-tied systems automatically feed any excess solar power generated back to the electric grid. As a result, grid-tied systems utilize different equipment than off-grid systems. Most notably, a strictly grid-tied solar power system generally does not include battery storage.

Limitations of Grid-Tied Solar Energy Systems

However, there are certain limitations related to grid-tied systems. One glaring disadvantage of grid-tied systems is that there will be no power during a grid outage. As mentioned previously, grid-tied solar systems do not have battery storage, which means there is a lack of backup power during outages and emergencies.

Science Publishing Group goes over the limitations of grid-tied systems, which include voltage fluctuations, power quality issues, and storage/protection issues.

Energy Storage Systems

One alternative to grid-tied solar energy systems is opting for battery storage. For instance, the Geneverse PowerPillar ESS allows homeowners to choose how and when they spend, store, or sell their energy. 

Battery storage incorporated into your home solar energy system can help you overcome and avoid rising energy costs while protecting your home during emergencies and outages with one all-inclusive, cost-efficient solution. You can also send back excess power to the grid if you choose to do so.

The PowerPillar ESS has an innovative design with built-in features and components that will reduce installation costs – for both homeowners and installers. The Geneverse PowerPillar ESS was made to help you get the most out of your solar power.

About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable and cost-efficient source for solar energy. Our PowerPillar ESS integrates solar power, battery storage, not to mention grid and generator power sources that help our customers get the most out of their energy storage investment – all at the most competitive pricing on the market. We craft complete home energy systems that power energy independence rain or shine in addition to portable solar products that provide decentralized power during emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about Geneverse and how we can bring protection and security to your family/household by visiting our website today.

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