Unless you choose an off-grid system, the power generated from your solar panels will be connected to a public-utility power grid. Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. Additional power you generate is transferred to the grid, which offsets the power drawn from the utility.
At SSE, we design the appropriate system to satisfy your energy needs, as well as enough power to produce credits for the months when you aren’t producing as much electricity. With net metering, you are able to draw the energy you produced during sunny months to ensure a low or no electricity bill for the less sunny months.
Colorado is also one of the few states that requires your utility company to pay you for the net excess solar power that your panels produce each year. This is a market value which represents the avoided cost for utility power generation. This value changes from year to year, but is typically under $.05/ kWh.
Here are links to net metering resources for some of the Colorado Utilities we work with.
Colorado Springs Utilities
Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA)
Black Hills Energy (be sure to input your zip code)
Mountain View Electric Association
San Isabel Electric Association
Southeast Colorado Power Association
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.
City of Fort Collins Utilities
La Plata Electric Association