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There's no net metering policy in my state. Is solar worth it for me?

asked 2015-03-13 15:30:02 -0500

hinterhills gravatar image

Net metering sounds great but unfortunately no such program exists in South Dakota. Customers here have to negotiate a deal with our utility, apparently. Is it even worth the trouble? What kind of a rate can I get for my excess solar?

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answered 2015-03-26 22:50:41 -0500

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updated 2015-03-26 22:50:41 -0500

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Hi hinterhills,

The absence of a net metering incentive does not necessarily mean that it's not worth it to go solar. Net metering programs ensure that solar customers are paid the full retail rate for electricity that they generate. If there is no net metering incentive in your state, then you may only be paid a small amount (usually the 'wholesale price' - a fraction of the retail price) for the solar electricity that you generate and send into the electricity grid.

In states with no net metering programs, purchasing your solar system is probably the only solar financing option available to you - companies that offer solar leases/power purchase agreements do not usually offer their products in states without such programs.

If you purchase a system (you might be able to finance it with a solar loan), you can make solar worth your while by ensuring that you consume as much of the solar power that your panels generate as possible - by doing so you will offset your electricity bill by reducing the amount of power you need to purchase from your utility. Just make sure that you get a system that meets only your daytime needs, or try to use more of your electricity during the daylight hours, when your panels are generating power.

If you want to learn more, you could start by getting a customized instant estimate and then compare your solar options by shopping on our Solar Marketplace.

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Asked: 2015-03-13 15:30:02 -0500

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