Solar energy can help balance the cost of purchasing electricity from other resources, especially during the summer months which are our peak hours for solar production.
With a net metered system, when your solar panels are producing more electricity than you are using at any point during the day, the electricity is sent back to the grid, running your electric meter in reverse. When you use more electricity than your solar panels are producing, either at night, on cloudy days, or when they are covered in snow, you pull electricity back from the grid, running your meter forwards. At the end of the month, you are billed the net of what you put onto the grid and what you took off the grid: “net metering”. With a correctly sized solar energy system, you can produce enough electricity to match your home’s electricity use for the entire year.