- Last Updated: May 4, 2010
Simply stated net metering means that your solar power will literally turn your meter backward after your household electricity needs are met. Wikipedia defines Net Metering as, “an electricity policy for consumers who own renewable energy facilities. ‘Net’ in this context, is used in the sense of meaning what remains after deductions in this case, the deduction of any energy out flows from metered energy in flows. Under net metering, a system owner receives retail credit for at least a portion of the electricity they generate.” Net metering laws vary significantly from state to state. In the U.S, as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, all public utilities are required to make available upon request, net metering to their customers.