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Should I install solar panels at my business even if net metering is not available?

asked 2017-03-11 13:17:58 -0600

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I am considering installing solar panels for my business. We use a lot of electricity during business hours. I don't believe my utility allows net metering. Shall I still considering installing solar? Will it make financial sense?

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answered 2017-03-20 16:01:48 -0600

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Net metering is a utility policy that allows you to send your excess solar energy back to the grid in exchange for bill credits that you can use later.

For an average homeowner, net metering is important because solar panels produce electricity during the day, not at night. However, if you are considering installing solar and expect that you'll use the majority of your solar energy during the day while it's being produced, you might not even need to worry about net metering. There's also the option of installing some energy storage with your solar PV system so that you can save your excess energy on-site. A qualified solar installer can help you understand your electricity use profile and what makes the most sense – try the EnergySage Solar Marketplace to find local installers near you.

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answered 2017-09-17 21:01:26 -0600

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It really depends on your electricity use and your goals. In the unusual case that you're only using power during the night when the panels aren't creating power, then absolutely not. However, if they offset a lot of your electricity use when you are using a majority of your power, and if the finances add up to the point where it's a good business choice, then go for it.

Batteries are currently a lifestyle choice more than an economic one at this point. That said, that decision to install batteries should be made considering all the risk factors of losing power while your business is operating.

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