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Demystifying Net Metering in Oregon

Are you considering making the switch to solar power in Oregon? If so, you've likely heard about net metering—a term that's often thrown around in conversations about solar energy. But what exactly is net metering, and how does it benefit solar users in the Beaver State? Let's shed some light on this important aspect of going solar.

Net metering is a billing arrangement that allows solar panel owners to earn credits for the excess electricity they generate and send back to the grid. In Oregon, this means that when your solar panels produce more electricity than your home or business consumes, the surplus energy is fed back into the grid, and you receive credits on your utility bill for the electricity you've contributed.

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But why is net metering such a big deal for solar users in Oregon? Here are a few key


1. Savings: Net metering allows solar users to offset the cost of their electricity bills by earning credits for the excess energy they generate. This means that you can effectively reduce or even eliminate your electricity costs by harnessing the power of the sun. It doesn’t matter when a kilowatt-hour of solar energy is produced or consumed, the utility grid takes the excess and credits it to your bill.

2. Environmental Impact: By incentivizing solar energy production, net metering plays a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that produces electricity without the harmful emissions associated with fossil fuels.

3. Grid Stability: Net metering helps to stabilize the electricity grid by balancing supply and demand. When solar users generate excess electricity during sunny periods, this energy can be fed back into the grid to meet the needs of other users, reducing the strain on traditional power plants.

4. Energy Independence: Net metering empowers solar users to take control of their energy consumption and reduce their reliance on the grid. By generating their own electricity, solar users can hedge against future utility rate increases and enjoy greater energy independence.

In Oregon, net metering is governed by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which sets the rules and regulations for how solar users are compensated for their excess energy production.

If you're considering going solar in Oregon, reach out to Sunpath Services to schedule a free site-assessment.

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