During daylight hours your solar system generates electricity. Meanwhile at night, you are using electricity but your solar system is sitting idle. When your home is equipped with a solar system, any power you will need to use while your system is generating will be utilized, and supplemented by the utility if it’s not producing enough. If it’s producing more than you are using, the excess is put onto the power grid.
Any excess power that’s generated will be registered with a separate reading on your utility meter and the difference between what you’ve used from the grid versus what you put onto the grid is your “net” consumption. Solar generates more power in the summer months and less in the winter, and the winter months are offset by the summer’s production. The utility’s reconciliation date takes into account your changing energy usage and production over the four seasons.
For more information on how you can benefit from a solar net-metering system, give Kootenay Solar a call today!