Solar Energy and Net Metering



Solar energy has been around for a very long time, but recently, the technology used to harness it has been improving to the point that is becoming more readily available. Especially in Europe, most notably Spain and Germany, rooftop mounted photovoltaic cells—which capture and convert sunlight into a current of electricity—are becoming more common.

Solar energy, along with other renewable energy sources such as wind or water-generated power, is not always available. If the sun is not shining, the wind not blowing, the water not flowing, then there is no flow of electrical current. The electricity is generated at the exact moment the energy is available in sunlight form; the energy has to be used or stored immediately. Usually, as these energies are commonly used to supplement an existing energy source, the energy is used right away. However, this is not always the case. If the energy is not used, it can be stored through either something similar to rechargeable batteries or the energy can be handed off to another electrical system.

Several countries have a program or laws in place for “net metering” programs. This means that the electricity used—“metered”—by a consumer from the electric company can be offset by any electricity the consumer “gives back.” If the consumer has a renewable energy source, such as solar power, that generates beyond the immediate usage of the household, that energy is fed to the power grid for the electric company’s use. This gives the consumer a credit to use in the future. This makes the electric company act like a giant rechargeable battery. The electric company benefits from immediate access to additional power sources as necessary—helpful in times of demand—and the consumer benefits from having access to their unused renewable energy without needing to invest in expensive storage systems. A special meter is installed that measures incoming and outgoing electricity, and the company provides the credits based upon the localities law that handles such situations. The value credited to the consumer varies, and can range between the cost value the electric company pays for generated electricity to the full purchase price a consumer pays for it.

Encino Solar Panels provide Encino Solar Power, an alternative energy that can save homeowners money. Using Encino Solar Power, homeowners can augment their current power supply using energy harnessed from the sun, reducing electrical bills.

 

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