Net Metering For Residential Solar Has It’s Problems

Interest in residential roof top solar panels has been growing steadily around the nation lately. Early on when the new solar systems started to appear, some programs were introduced to inspire more demand. Many states such as California approved new billing systems to those with solar panels. Customers whose systems generate an abundance of energy, can sell this energy to the grid and receive a payment at full retail electric rate.

The regulation of this billing pattern is called net metering. Rules for net metering varies from state to state but its basic formula is the same – the customer with independent energy generators gets their money back.

With the high rate of progress made by the photovoltaic industry, market prices on solar cells and solar panels have dropped significantly. Now, what used to be a fiscally demanding production process, including thin-film measurement, which can now be done in situ to ensure high quality, has become much more affordable. The resulting lower prices popularized solar panels among residential consumers.

More solar panels mean longer and cleaner future for our planet, yet net metering isn’t perfect and has been a topic of many heated debates lately. Some argue that the main problem is that the customers who have small energy generators are still connected to the main grid, and while it’s fair that they don’t pay for power usage when they don’t use it, it’s not fair because they also don’t pay for transporting and delivering the electricity.

Because of that, the traditional electric companies have to increase the rate to those who don’t have their solar panels creating an even larger gap between these two customer groups. It is very important to keep people interested in switching to green energy, however, existing incentive programs are not perfect and must be revised.

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