Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Founded in 1979, Solar Oregon is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization providing public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choose solar energy.
You are here: Home Residential Solar Solarize Communities What is net metering?

What is net metering?

What is net metering? Solarize project

When you install solar panels, your electric meter will be replaced. Your new meter will measure both the electricity you are purchasing from your utility and the electricity you are sending to the grid. The utility tracks both of these when it reads your meter, and you are charged only for your "net" energy use, the electricity you purchased minus what you sold. In the summer, you may run a credit for several months. You can draw on that credit in the rainy months. The energy credit is exchanged on a kWh basis. Storing your excess energy on the grid is better than the best batteries, because it doesn't take up space or need to be replaced. This system of "net metering" is required of utilities under Oregon law (ORS 757.300).

Personal tools
powered by Plone | site by Groundwire Consulting and served with clean energy