Solar net metering FAQs
Still unsure whether solar net metering is right for you? Keep reading below to find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Which U.S. states do not allow solar net metering?
Most U.S. states have some form of net metering policy in place to incentivize and support solar energy growth.
However, some U.S. states like Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama make it more difficult than others due to poor net metering rules, complicated tariffs, rollover policies, and demand charges.
In these cases, residents can still take advantage of virtual net metering. This enables solar customers to enjoy the benefits of net metering without a home solar power system.
As a consumer, it’s important to do your research and understand the specific regulations and policies governing net metering in your area. This can help you determine whether it is a viable option for your energy needs.
How long do solar panels last?
Solar panels usually last 30 to 35 years, but the lifespan of solar panels can vary depending on several factors, including:
As a rule of thumb, having your solar panels inspected and cleaned four times a year is recommended to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency.
This helps you address any issues before it’s too late.
How many solar panels does it take to power a house?
An average home typically requires 17 to 21 solar panels to fully offset utility bills with solar energy.
However, each house is different, and the number of solar panels required can vary widely depending on several factors.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when estimating the number of solar panels you might need for your home:
How much energy (kilowatt-hours) does your household consume on average per month or year?
How much sunlight does your location typically receive throughout the year?
Will any obstructions (like trees or buildings) cast shade on the solar panels?
What is the size and orientation of your roof or available outdoor space for solar panel installation?
Are you interested in incorporating battery storage into your solar panel system?
Would you prefer to install a system that meets all of your household’s energy needs or one that offsets only a portion of your usage?
What are the local regulatory requirements when it comes to distributed generation systems, net metering, and net billing?
Is solar net metering worth it?
While installing a rooftop solar system in your home may seem daunting and expensive, it can provide significant cost savings over time (among many other benefits).
However, before putting your signature on any solar installation contract, it's important to consider several key factors to determine if it's worth it.
First, assess the amount of sunlight your home receives throughout the year. The more sunlight you receive, the more energy your solar panels can produce.
Additionally, you should evaluate your current energy usage and compare it to the projected energy your solar system produces. This will give you an idea of how much money you can save on your energy bills and how long it will take for the system to pay for itself.
Finally, it’s important to do your homework regarding the incentives available in your area. Check out government and utility websites to learn about any rebates, credits, or other financial incentives that may be available to you.