What is net metering?

Net metering allows MEC Members to interconnect approved renewable generation systems to their home’s electrical system and to generate all, or some portion, of their own electricity. The output of the renewable generation system offsets the electricity that would have been delivered by MEC. Members are billed each month for electricity used and credited for the excess they generate. We often describe our Net Metering program as a “virtual battery” with excess energy being “banked” for later use.

It is also important to remember that the system is sized for your annual use, and it may take several months to build a banked credit that significantly reduces your bill. If your system seems to be under-producing, contact your installer to ensure everything is working properly. Unfortunately, most often it takes users a few months to discover their PV system is undersized. Keep in mind, that setting a few minutes aside each month to review your PV system output will ensure it is generating at peak performance and you’re receiving the optimum energy credit. You’ll also want to compare your system’s actual annual output to any provider guarantee to ensure you’re getting what you paid for.