solar energy - net metering
What Is Net Metering?
Net metering is a provision that allows consumers who install renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, farm waste, and micro cogeneration systems, to reduce their electric bills by using less electricity from the grid. It also provides the customer with the potential to receive energy credits for electricity exported to the grid.
Net meters measure the balance of energy imported and exported between the customer and the grid. Excess electricity produced by the renewable energy system, beyond what is consumed by the customer, can flow into the utility grid and is registered as a credit through the net meter. If the customer’s consumption of electricity exceeds what is generated by the energy system, the meter will register the ‘net’ amount of electricity that has been supplied from the grid.
Con Edison installs digital electric meters for net metering customers that are programmed to calculate the sum or net of the energy delivered to the customer. Therefore, you will not see the traditional dial on the meter indicating the direction of energy.
Unlike standard electric meters that are installed for non-net metering customers, these electric meters have a number of digital displays that cycle every few seconds on the meter screen. Here are explanations for each of these displays.
Details about Con Edison's net metering tariff can be found in Service Classification Rider R. Additionally, the New York State Public Service Commission has developed uniform interconnection requirements for net metered systems. To facilitate interconnection we recommend using type-tested inverters.