Solar Net Metering in Florida explained
The Basics

The Sun's radiation is captured and converted to solar power using solar photovoltaic cells.

This power is converted from DC to AC using inverters.

You use this power as needed

A bi-directional meter (Net-Meter) measures the power you use and the excess power you produce.

in Brevard County and throughout Florida, Net-metering is 1 of 2 very important solar benefits you utilize to take advantage of the sun's energy.  Net-metering is simply a method of using the power grid to store your excess solar energy.  Battery storage is also an option, but for this exercise, we are only talking grid tied, no back-up.  This is the most common solar configuration in Florida with 90% of our clients taking advantage of this simple solar installation.

With a properly sized solar panel array, you can produce enough power to match your home’s electricity needs.  The amount of power your solar panels produce will vary hour to hour, day to day, from night and day, and season to season.  So our goal as solar power professionals, is to design a system that meets the entire year's electrical demand. Net metering allows you to bank these daily and seasonal differences by crediting you for the excess electricity your solar panels produce.  You can then use this energy later.  So if you produce 200 kWh hours during the day, you only use 180 kWh, you get 20 kWhs to use later.  

With net metering, excess electricity your solar panels make is fed back into your electric utility’s grid when your system is producing more than you need.  Your net-meter actually spins in reverse.  When your solar power system isn’t producing enough power, you take power from your utility just as you did before you went solar.  Everything you over produce is added to your account as a credit.  Everything you draw is debited as energy used.  At the end of the monthly billing cycle, the net-use is calculated.  

 

When your solar power system generates more electricity than you use over the course of the monthly billing cycle, your utility bill will receive a credit based on the net number of kilowatt-hours you gave back to the grid. If you produce less electricity than you use in a given month, you must buy electricity from your utility to make up the difference.  

As an FPL utility customer, if you produce 100% or more of your electrical needs, your bill will be $8.53 for various grid fees, but you will not pay anything for electricity (kWh).  Credits will be applied to your account for excess kWhs.  At the end of the year, the goal is to be close or right at 100% production.  If over produced, you can request a credit but it will not be at the same rate for kWh as you actually pay.

Why do you still pay a small bill every month?  Why is it not a good idea to sell more power back to FPL?  Learn this and more in the FAQs section.

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