A Beginner's Guide to How Net Metering Actually Works


Joe KnowsThe world has shrinking energy resources, which is why there has been a shift towards developing renewable sources of energy. For instance, solar panels and wind turbines generate power from sources that will always exist — the sun and the wind. You can do your part in the renewable energy movement by installing solar panels on your farm and participating in a net metering program. Take a look at how net metering really works and how you can get started.

What Is Net Metering 

Solar Panels

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Net metering is a system that compensates people for the energy they contribute to a power grid from renewable sources like solar panels. This encourages consumers to invest in solar and wind power. Basically, with a net meting system you can run the power meter backwards and get money back for the excess power that you generate.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

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Joe, I haven't really looked into the solar or wind energy but I believe that eventually we all will have to be involved with generating our own energy to some extent. Think of the energy that could be generated if every new house built would have just one or two solar panels on the roof. I'm not sure about your area but mine is in a continuous state of home construction. How about solar panels or vertical wind turbines on every new office or commercial building. My state, Nebraska, is not giant wind turbine friendly. Other states like California don't seem to like them either. It's still really difficult to be completely off grid with the energy driven culture that we live in but just a little effort to conserve and some thought for energy generation would definitely go a long way to solving the energy consumption issues, don't you think? ***** Thanks for always inspiring us to think about reducing our future consumption needs. Have a great renewable energy day.

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