Net Metering
Net Metering is very important when your solar system is connected to the grid. Net Metering refers to your electric meter which keeps track of the difference between your solar system production and your energy usage. With California Net Metering Laws, the utility company is required to keep track of your usage and store, as credits, any extra power that your solar system generates.
Your solar modules generate electricity during the day while the sun is up. If the solar system produces more power than you are consuming at any time, the excess power will be fed back to the grid, while your meter is spinning backwards and creating a "credits" for future use.
Above is a sample of how most residential consumers are billed from the utility provider. In California, residential customers are charged higher rates above a baseline level "Tier 1.  Any usage above the baseline will be charged at an increasingly higher cost per kWh.
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